Plotinus: The Enneads: In Chronological Order, Grouped in Four Periods. [single volume, unabridged]

Plotinus: The Enneads: In Chronological Order, Grouped in Four Periods. [single volume, unabridged]

by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie


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This edition of the Enneads of Plotinus was the first full English translation. The work follows in the footsteps of previous Platonists, such as Ficinus and Taylor, and builds on Dr. Guthrie's translations and explanations of Plotinus's master Numenius, the Pythagorean texts, the works of Proclus, etc. Dr. Guthrie's translation includes several major features that are not found elsewhere, including a reorganization of the books of the Enneads into chronological order, displaying 4 progressive stages of development, which allows for a more complete examination of the development of Plotinus's philosophy (see the full edition of Guthrie's "Plotinus: Complete Works" for his own examination of that development). ||

The present translation "is the best for him who wishes to understand Plotinus, because it is the only edition that unscrambles, chronologically, Plotinus's 4 progressive stages of development from Porphyry's frightful hodgepodge of 9 medleys. . . . It is the most faithful version, because Dr. Guthrie's sole object was to focus the labors of the best students, Marsilius Ficinus, Mueller, Drews, Bouillet, Chaignet, Taylor, and others; but one only thing he does claim, that he has not knowingly left any obscurity. Otherwise he glories in this subservience to all the best that had been done before him, and for himself he claims nothing but the unappreciated production of what nobody else would do, and the critical discovery of Plotinus's progress."-K. S. GUTHRIE

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781974549207
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/14/2017
Pages: 652
Sales rank: 907,565
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie (1871-1940) was a philosopher and prolific writer. He was well educated (Ph.D's from Tulane, Harvard and Columbia), but spent most of his life laboring on translations, commentary and original writings which he published himself. Among his most valuable translations/writings are his "Pythagorean Source-book and Library", "The Complete Works of Plotinus", The minor works of Proclus, "Numenius of Apamea: the father of neo-Platonism", "The Hymns of Zoroaster", "The Popul Vuh", and "The Gospel of Apollonius of Tynana". || "But the very unusual breadth of his conflicting interests checkmated his career, so far as worldly advancement. Little understood or recognized, he had to find consolation in earning his living honestly by teaching a language to children, by pouring out his religious experiences to the few who visited his semi-deserted East Side church, and in putting the accumulated results of his studies in such shape that, to the greater glory of God, they may be of service to humanity."-Guthrie, from a short autobiography.

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