The Enneads

The Enneads

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Regarded as the founder of Neo-Platonism, Plotinus (AD 204-70) was the last great philosopher of antiquity, producing 0works that proved in many ways a precursor to Renaissance thought. Plotinus was convinced of the existence of a state of supreme perfection and argued powerfully that it was necessary to guide the human soul towards this state. Here he outlines his compelling belief in three increasingly perfect levels of existence - the Soul, the Intellect, and the One - and explains his conviction that humanity must strive to draw the soul towards spiritual transcendence. A fusion of Platonism, mystic passion and Aristotelian thought, The Enneads offers a highly original synthesis of early philosophical and religious beliefs, which powerfully influenced later Christian and Islamic more

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  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 30.48mm | 317.51g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Reprint
  • 014044520X
  • 9780140445206
  • 78,374

About Plotinus

John Dillon is Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College in more

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This massive work of synthesis is one of the classics of Western mysticism. Plotinus was the main expositor of neo-platonism, the last great movement of classical Greek philosophy. Plotinus's work blends Plato, Aristotle and earlier Greek philosophy into a new religious more

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The Enneads Stephen MacKenna: A Biographical Sketch Extracts from the Explanatory Matter in the First Edition The Place of Plotinus in the History of Thought by Paul Henry, S. J. Plotinus: An Introduction Porphyry: On the Life of Plotinus and the Arrangement of His Work Preface The First Ennead First: The Animate and the Man Second: The Virtues Third: Dialectic Fourth: Happiness Sixth: Beauty Eighth: The Nature and Source of Evil Ninth: "The Reasoned Dismissal" The Second Ennead Third: Are the Stars Causes? Fourth: Matter Ninth: Against the Gnostics; or Against Those That Affirm the Creator of the Cosmos and the Cosmos Itself to be Evil The Third Ennead Second: Providence: First Treatise Third: Providence: Second Treatise Fourth: Our Tutelary Spirit Fifth: Love Sixth: The Impassivity of the Unembodied Seventh: Time and Eternity Eighth: Nature, Contemplation, and the One The Fourth Ennead Third: Problems of the Soul (I) Fourth: Problems of the Soul (II) Eighth: The Soul's Descent into Body The Fifth Ennead First: The Three Initial Hypostases Second: The Origin and Order of the Beings following on the First Third: The Knowing Hypostases and the Transcendant Fourth: How the Secondaries rise from The First; and on The One Fifth: That the Intellectual Beings are not outside the Intellectual-Principle: and on The Nature of the Good Seventh: Is there an Ideal Archetype of Particular Beings? Eighth: On the Intellectual Beauty Ninth: The Intellectual Principle, the Ideas, and the Authentic Existence The Sixth Ennead Fourth: On the Integral Omnipresence of the Authentic Existent (I) Fifth: On the Integral Omnipresence of the Authentic Existent (II) Seventh: How the Multiplicity of the Ideal-Forms came into Being; and on The Good Eighth: On Free Will and the Will of the One Ninth: On the Good, or the One Appendix I: The Chronological Order of the Tractates Appendix II: Index of Platonic References Selected Bibliographyshow more

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