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Dr. Andreea-Maria Lemnaru holds a PhD in Philosophy of Paris Sorbonne University, co-directed in Religious Studies by the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. 

She has published multiple studies on Neoplatonic metaphysics, cosmology and eschatology (especially in Iamblichus and Porphyry), religious experience as well as female metaphysical principles and deities, with a methodological emphasis on the sacralization of nature.

Her doctoral research on theurgy in late-antique Neoplatonism (focusing on Iamblichus's De Mysteriis, the Chaldean Oracles, the Greek Magical Papyri and the Hermetica), to be published in both English and French, was funded by the Laboratoire d'Excellence RESMED.

Lemnaru is the lead editor of two forthcoming collective volumes, one dedicated to the philosophical representations of the afterlife in Late Antiquity, pagan and Christian, and the other to religious initiatory experience in Neoplatonism. 

Particularly interested in the limits between religion, magic and mysticism and in the concepts which bind late antique pagan to early Christian philosophy, she is a native French speaker, fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Romanian and German, who reads Greek and Latin and has notions in Hieroglyphic Egyptian.

Latest news

Workshop | Panpsychism: Problems and Prospects | 19th June 2023

9 May 2023

On Monday 19th June, the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism will host a conference dedicated to panpsychism. The event is organised by Dr Anna Corrias ( ) and Prof. Douglas Hedley ( ). Please contact them to sign up or for further details.

Launch Event | 'A Less Familiar Plato' with Kevin Corrigan and the Cambridge Series in Religion and Platonism | 20th June 2023

9 May 2023

On Tuesday 20th June, the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism will host Prof. Kevin Corrigan (Emory University), who will be launching his new book, A Less Familiar Plato: From Phaedo to Philebus , published by Cambridge University Press as the first in a new series, Religion and Platonism , edited by Prof. Douglas...

Seminar | The Practical Dimension of Platonism | 21st June 2023

6 April 2023

The original role of the Forms was not to lead us to some attenuated elsewhere but to show us the real world. It is the dreamer in the Cave who is astray and elsewhere. Iris Murdoch On Wednesday 21st June, the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism, in partnership with Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, and KU Leuven...

Talk | Charles Taliaferro, 'Contemporary Philosophy on the Meaning of Life' | 10th March 2023

6 March 2023

On Friday 10 th March, the Centre hosted Prof. Charles Taliaferro, who delivered a talk 'Contemporary Philosophy on the Meaning of Life: A Cambridge Platonist Perspective'. This event has now passed, but a recording of Prof. Taliaferro's talk can be found on the Centre's YouTube channel here .

In Memoriam: Michael J.B. Allen

28 February 2023

It is with great regret that the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism notes the death of Professor Michael J.B. Allen. A scholar of great distinction, Professor Allen made major contributions to the Study of Renaissance Neoplatonism, authoring important monographs on the thought of Marsilio Ficino.