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The Enneads: Abridged Edition (Penguin…

The Enneads: Abridged Edition (Penguin Classics)

by Plotinus

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A major philosopher of the ancient world in the tradition of Plato. He developed a system of belief based on three principles: The One, The Intellect and The Soul. The composite of these principles is easily to prove the existence of God to most Christians, but it is unlikely that Plotinus meant any such thing - even though our concept of the Trinity seems to borrow an awful lot from him. A very difficult read. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Plotinus creates a hierarchical cosmology that unites in the One. Humans (frontier beings) descend instantaneously from the One and strive to unite back with the One by avoiding Matter and Evil. He converses at great length about problems of evil, discusses beauty, and creates a unique and complex cosmology.

An interesting read and not as "profoundly wrong," as one may think and has some valid points. Although I agree that Plotinus errs with the concept of preserving identity, he does make a terrific argument. ( )
1 vote grosbw22 | Jan 4, 2008 |
Interesting, but profoundly wrong. For Plotinus: Beauty is Intelligence is Perfection is God is the Good.
  pmineault | Nov 23, 2006 |
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Abridged translation of the Enneads of Plotinus with introduction and notes.
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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.

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"Plotinus is the last great philosopher of antiquity, although in more than one respect he is a precursor of modern times. The Enneads bring together Platonism, mystic passion and ideas from Greek philosophy, together with striking variants of the Trinity and other central Christian doctrines, to produce a higly original synthesis. Yet despite the porfundity of his thought, and his immense influence on mystics and religious writers, Plotinus remained largely inaccessible." -- BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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