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Introduction At first sight, Porphyry’s On Abstinence seems like everything a feminist historian of philosophy finds problematic in the male-dominated tradition. Reason and intellect are emphasized in the formulation of the goal of human life, assimilation to god

In: Women and the Female in Neoplatonism

The purpose of this paper is to understand the Neoplatonists’ judgment of women’s ability to become virtuous and to live a philosophical life, taking the Letter to Marcella by Porphyry as the main text of reference. I will begin by setting the scene, providing a reading with commentary of