by metalogike

Neoplatonism consists in mistaking the order of the question “about what?” and the answer “itself” for the expected one (Q-A). The Neoplatonist thinks that the question arises because one hasn’t conceived of the reflexive answer yet, or feigns not to have hit upon it (for mischievous purposes), or has formulated it only in some impure or deficient mode. In fact, what is gloriously solitary and anxiety-provoking in the questioning of Plato’s Socrates is that the “about what?” question is posed subsequently to the suggestion “knowledge of itself” and precisely to that suggestion, in order to show that the form of reflexivity remains to be discovered—along with its cost!