On Plotinus / Edition 1

On Plotinus / Edition 1

by C. Wayne Mayhall
     
 

ISBN-10: 053425229X

ISBN-13: 9780534252298

Pub. Date: 06/02/2003

Publisher: Cengage Learning


ON PLOTINUS, like other titles in the Wadsworth Philosopher's Series, offers a concise, yet comprehensive, introduction to this philosopher's most important ideas. Presenting the most important insights of well over a hundred seminal philosophers in both the Eastern and Western traditions, the Wadsworth Philosophers Series contains volumes written by scholars

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ON PLOTINUS, like other titles in the Wadsworth Philosopher's Series, offers a concise, yet comprehensive, introduction to this philosopher's most important ideas. Presenting the most important insights of well over a hundred seminal philosophers in both the Eastern and Western traditions, the Wadsworth Philosophers Series contains volumes written by scholars noted for their excellence in teaching and for their well-versed comprehension of each featured philosopher's major works and contributions. These titles have proven valuable in a number of ways. Serving as standalone texts when tackling a philosophers' original sources or as helpful resources for focusing philosophy students' engagements with these philosopher's often conceptually daunting works, these titles have also gained extraordinary popularity with a lay readership and quite often serve as "refreshers" for philosophy instructors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780534252298
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
06/02/2003
Series:
Wadsworth Philosophers Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
Neo-Platonism1
Plotinus' Beginnings2
Plotinus' Circle2
Porphyry4
Influences5
Plotinus and Platonism8
2The One10
The Plotinian "One"10
A Prelude to the Plotinian One11
Plato and Aristotle12
The One as Absolute Simplex13
The One and the Many14
The One and Space16
The One and Being, Thought and Purpose17
We Cannot Know the One19
Phases of the Human Psyche19
The One and Goodness20
The One as Unthinkable21
3The Nous23
A Philosophical Mistake23
A Prelude to the Plotinian Nous24
The Plotinian Nous25
Why the Nous?26
4The Soul33
The Notion of the Soul33
A Prelude to the Plotinian Soul34
The Universal Soul35
The "All-Soul"36
A Turning Away37
The Soul Inhabiting Body38
The Soul's Rebirth39
A Grammar of Ascent40
The Soul's Decent Into the Body41
Are All Soul's One42
5On Emanation and Union44
Nous and Soul45
Incarnation47
Beholder and Beheld47
6Free Will and the One52
Violence to the Nous53
Man's Freedom53
The God's and Freedom54
Constraint or Compulsion56
Freedom and the Will57
Freedom from Necessity58
On Freedom in the Supreme59
7On Evil, Providence, and Gnosticism60
Polemic Against Gnosticism60
Ecstatic Union63
Theodicy65
The Soul and Evil66
Providence67
8Beauty and Self-Knowledge69
On Beauty69
Know Thy Self73
9Metaphysical Difficulties76
The One76
Nous and Soul78
Intelligence, Soul, and Change79
Ethics80
Memory and Sensation81
Matter82
10Mystic and Metaphysician85
Mystical Experience88
Plotinus in Western Thought89
AppendixChronological Ordering of The Enneads91
Works Cited and Bibliography93

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