Douglas Hedley @ McGill Centre for Research on Religion

Well, I’ve decided that should put this blog to some use. I’ve linked to a video of Douglas Hedley’s lecture at the Centre for Research on Religion here at McGill in Montréal entitled: “Reflection & Conversion: Neoplatonism and early-modern philosophy of mind.”

Perhaps the most interesting discovery that Hedley relays is that after the revival of Platonism and Neoplatonism by the Cambridge Platonists in the 17th century, the concept of “consciousness” as “self-reflection” disappears in early modern philosophical discourse. When Ralph Cudwarth speaks of self-reflection in connection with consciousness he refers to the Neoplatonic philosophy of Plotinus. After Locke consciousness appears to be thought of as a static reality rather than an action.