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Plotinus or the Simplicity of Vision - Pierre Hadot

Plotinus or the Simplicity of Vision

By: Pierre Hadot, Arnold I. Davidson (Introduction by), Michael Chase (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780226311944
Number Of Pages: 145

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Since its original publication in France in 1963, Pierre Hadot's lively philosophical portrait of Plotinus remains the preeminent introduction to the man and his thought. Michael Chase's lucid translation—complete with a useful chronology and analytical bibliography—at last makes this book available to the English-speaking world.

Hadot carefully examines Plotinus's views on the self, existence, love, virtue, gentleness, and solitude. He shows that Plotinus, like other philosophers of his day, believed that Plato and Aristotle had already articulated the essential truths; for him, the purpose of practicing philosophy was not to profess new truths but to engage in spiritual exercises so as to live philosophically. Seen in this light, Plotinus's counsel against fixation on the body and all earthly matters stemmed not from disgust or fear, but rather from his awareness of the negative effect that bodily preoccupation and material concern could have on spiritual exercises.

Translator's Preface
Abbreviations Used in References
Introduction: Reading Hadot Reading Plotinus
Portrait
Levels of the Self
Presence
Love
Virtues
Gentleness
Solitude Postface to the Third Edition Chronological Biography Analytical
Bibliography
References
Index of Plotinian
Quotations
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226311944
ISBN-10: 0226311945
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 145
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 13.5  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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