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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 theology.
I am using this book as research for my next book. Diving into the moral complexities of The Treatise of the Soul - a translation of Plotinus by Stephen Mackenna - is a thought provoking complex study. What is the Soul, where does it reside, what influences and moral puzzles must it bear? Answers definintely NOT on a postcard but in the deep thinking required by The Enneads.
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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
The First Ennead
First: The Animate and the Man
Second: The Virtues
Eighth: The Nature and Source of Evil
Ninth: "The Reasoned Dismissal"
The Second Ennead
Third: Are the Stars Causes?
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
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
ISBN: 9780140445206 ISBN-10: 014044520X Series: Penguin Classics Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 688 Published: 1st July 1991 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1