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Plotinus : An Introduction to the Enneads - Dominic J. O'Meara


An Introduction to the Enneads

Paperback Published: 23rd March 1995
ISBN: 9780198751472
Number Of Pages: 160

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This book is addressed to readers new to the Enneads. One of the greatest of ancient philosophers, Plotinus is attracting ever-increasing attention from those interested in ancient philosophy, late Antiquity, and the importance of this period for the Western intellectual tradition. O'Meara presents a brief outline of Plotinus's life, and of the composition of theEnneads, placing Plotinus within the intellectual context of the philosophical schools and religious movements of his time. He then discusses selected Plotinian texts in relation to a number of central philosophical issues to show how Plotinus's thinking on these issues evolved, and to assess the historical importance of his philosophy.

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"A very good introduction to Plotinus....Recommended for all academic libraries, both undergraduate and graduate level."--Choice
"O'Meara shows succinctly that Plotinus' definition of the intellect as a one-many', a plurality in unity, marks an advance on Aristotle's thesis that the highest intellect...is a self-reflective thought."--Journal of Hellenistic Studies
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Introduction: Plotonius' life and Works 1: Soul and Body 2: The Relation Between Sensible and Intelligable Reality 3: Soul, Intellect and the Forms 4: Intellect and the One 5: Speaking on the One 6: The Derivation of all Things From the One (I) 7: The Derivation of all Things from the One (II) 8: Evil 9: Beauty 10: The Return of the Soul: Philosophy and Mysticism Epilogue: Plotonious in Western Thought Guide to Further Reading Bibliography Index of Terms and Themes Index of Texts

ISBN: 9780198751472
ISBN-10: 0198751478
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 23rd March 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.41 x 13.79  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.23

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