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Plotinus: An Introduction to the Enneads / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is addressed to those wishing to embark on a reading of Plotinus' works, the Enneads. One of the greatest of ancient philosophers, Plotinus is now attracting ever-increasing attention from those interested in ancient philosophy, in late Antiquity, and in the importance of this period for the Western intellectual tradition. Dominic O'Meara presents a brief outline of Plotinus' life, and of the composition of the Enneads, 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 - soul and body, intelligible and sensible reality, intellect, the One, speaking of the ineffable, the production of reality, evil, beauty, ethics, and mysticism - in order to show how Plotinus' thinking on these issues evolved, and to assess the historical importance of his philosophy. A bibliography and a thematically arranged guide to further reading, both on the issues examined here and on other topics in Plotinus, enhance the value of the book as a guide to study.
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Editorial Reviews

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"[The book] succeeds by awakening the beginner's interest in his subject and reminding the specialist why it is so fascinating....I recommend this book without qualification to anyone interested in Plotinus: it will serve as an invaluable companion to scholars and students alike."—Review of Metaphysics

"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

"[A] well-crafted, highly readable book."—Ancient Philosophy

"O'Meara's explanations are unfailingly clear and penetrating, and his choice of treatises is astute."—Southern Humanities Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198751472
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,172,669
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.05 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Fribourg
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Table of Contents

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

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