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Key works
  • Plotinus, 7 volumes, Greek text with English translation by A.H. Armstrong, Cambridge, MA: Loeb Classical Library, 1968–88.
  • Plotinus. The Enneads, edited by Lloyd P. Gerson, and translated by George Boys-Stones, John M. Dillon, Lloyd P. Gerson, R.A. King, Andrew Smith and James Wilberding, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Plotinus. The Enneads, translated by Stephen MacKenna, abridged and edited by John Dillon, London: Penguin Books, 1991.
  • Neoplatonic Philosophy. Introductory Readings, translations of portions of the works of Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, and Proclus by John Dillon and Lloyd P. Gerson, Indianapolis: Hackett, 2004.
  • Plotin. Traites, 9 volumes, French translation with commentaries by Luc Brisson and J.-F. Pradéau, et al., Paris: Flammarion, 2002–2010.
  • Paul Henry and Hans-Rudolf Schwyzer (eds.), Editio maior (3 volumes), Paris, Desclée de Brouwer, 1951–1973.
  • Paul Henry and Hans-Rudolf Schwyzer (eds.), Editio minor, Oxford, 1964–1982.
Introductions
  • Gerson, Lloyd P. (ed.), 1996, The Cambridge Companion to Plotinus, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gerson, Lloyd, "Plotinus", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2018 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = .
  • Corrigan, Kevin, Plotinus: a practical introduction to Neoplatonism, Purdue University Press, 2004.
  • O’Meara, Dominic, 1993, Plotinus: An Introduction to the Enneads, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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  1. John Smith among the Cambridge Platonists.Derek Michaud - manuscript
  2. Plotinus and Dionysius the Areopagite on Participation in the Good.Panagiotis G. Pavlos - manuscript
    Paper draft on the concept of participation in the Late Antique thought of Plotinus and Dionysius the Areopagite.
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  3. The Study of God in Plotinus' Philosophical System.Mahdi Alipour - unknown - Kheradnameh Sadra Quarterly 43.
    In Plotinus' Philosophical system of the world we can see three hypostases which result from each other vertically. They include: the One, the intellect, and the soul.There are various views concerning the genesis of the world, such as the theory of creation, which is suggested by holy books, the theory of theophany and manifestation, which belongs to gnostics, and the theory of emanation, in which most philosophers believe.Concerning the genesis of the world, Plotinus believed in emanation. This word is derived (...)
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  4. Plotinus and the Theory of the Oneness of Being.Zakariya Baharnejad - unknown - Kheradnameh Sadra Quarterly 57.
    The oneness of being is still one of the most exciting and, at the same time, critical and controversial issues in the field of religious sciences. However, a correct study of it can decrease the number of the involved controversies to some extent. The writer has chosen Plotinus for this study because the Neo-Platonic philosophy, which has Plotinus as its founder, has influenced the thoughts of Muslim thinkers in the fields of gnosis and philosophy. This influence has been exercised through (...)
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  5. The Concept of Transcendence from Plato to Plotinus.Robert Petkovšek - unknown - Phainomena 72.
    The paper follows the development of the concept of transcendence ‹e)pe/keina› from the time when it first entered philosophy in Plato’s The Republic up to Plotinus, who thought it through in all its essential dimensions. In common with some thinkers before him, Plotinus thought of the concept of transcendence in the light of the absolute one Plato analyzed in the first hypothesis of Parmenides. The paper also shows how Plotinus understood transcendence with regard to Being and to thinking. The paper (...)
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  6. On Beauty. Plotinus - unknown - Phainomena 72.
    After concluding in the introduction that different things are beautiful in different ways, the first section of the treatise focuses on sensory beauty or beauty of bodies. Rejecting symmetry as a sufficient criterion for beauty, Plotinus explains that things in this world are beautiful to the extent that they participate in form and to the extent that shapeless matter is dominated by shape and the formative principle. Sensory beauty stirs the soul and helps it to recognise and remember transcendental beauty.
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  7. Phidias’ Zeus: on Artistic Creation in Plotinus.Kristina Tomc - unknown - Phainomena 72.
    According to the history of aesthetics, Plotinus restored the dignity of which Plato’s verdict on artists in The Republic, especially his notorious mirror analogy in the tenth book, had deprived them. The paper analyses the key topics in the first chapter of Plotinus’ treatise On Noetic Beauty : the meaning of arts and their function, the way Plotinus’ aesthetics is firmly embedded in his metaphysics, the defence of imitation/representation of nature and Phidias’ creation of his statue of Zeus at Olympia. (...)
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  8. The Role of Platonism in Augustine's 386 Conversion to Christianity.Mark J. Boone - May 2015 - Religion Compass 9 (5):151-61.
    Augustine′s conversion to Christianity in A.D. 386 is a pivotal moment not only in his own life, but in Christian and world history, for the theology of Augustine set the course of theological and cultural development in the western Christian church. But to what exactly was Augustine converted? Scholars have long debated whether he really converted to Christianity in 386, whether he was a Platonist, and, if he adhered to both Platonism and Christianity, which dominated his thought. The debate of (...)
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  9. Sarah Klitenic Wear.José C. Baracat - forthcoming - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition.
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  10. Philosophy of being and non-philosophy of The One.Ulrich de Balbian - forthcoming - Oxford: Academic Publishers.
    An exploration of the philosophical and mystical ideas of Plotinus. So as to show that underneath all traditional Western philosophy of being their lies a non-philosophy of 'the one'. The One with whom mystics seek unification or to be united with (also know as realization of the one real self, unity with the Sufi Beloved, buddha-mind, the absolute truth, the foundation or ground of all etc).
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  11. Plotinus’ Legacy: Studies in the Transformation of “Platonism” from Early Modernism to the Romantics.Stephen Gersh (ed.) - forthcoming
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  12. Plotinus-Paul.H. P. L'Orange - forthcoming - Byzantion.
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  13. Plotinus.Jérôme Laurent - forthcoming - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition.
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  14. Plotinus' Self-Reflexivity Argument against Materialism.Zain Raza - forthcoming - Ancient Philosophy Today.
    Plotinus argues that materialism cannot explain reflexive cognition. He argues that mere bodies cannot engage in the self-reflexive activity of both cognizing some content and being cognitively aware of cognizing this content. Short of outright denying the cognitive unity underlying this phenomenon of self-awareness, materialism is in trouble. However, Plotinus bases his argument on the condition that material bodies are capable of a spatial unity at most, and while this condition has purchase on ancient materialists, it would be rejected today. (...)
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  15. What Time is Not: εἰκών and ἀριθμός in Plato’s Account of Time in the Timaeus (37d5-7) and the Platonic Tradition.Thomas Seissl - forthcoming - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition:1-28.
    In one of the most famous but equally obscure passages in the Timaeus, Plato describes the generation of time and the heavens. The “moving image of eternity” (37d5) is commonly read as Plato’s most general characterisation of time. Rémi Brague famously challenged the traditional interpretation on linguistic grounds by claiming that Plato actually did not conceive of time as an image (εἰκών) but rather as a number (ἀριθμός). In this paper, I shall claim that this controversy is by no means (...)
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  16. Le « logos » chez plotin.Fernand Turlot - forthcoming - Les Etudes Philosophiques.
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  17. Plotinus on Plato’s Timaeus 90 a.Irini-Fotini Viltanioti - forthcoming - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition:1-37.
    The central place of Plato’s Timaeus in Plotinus’ Enneads has long been acknowledged. However, the importance of Timaeus 90 a for Plotinus’ psychology and theory of Intellect has not until now been properly recognized. This paper argues that, in Plato’s Timaeus 90 a, Plotinus sees his own distinction between the Hypostasis Intellect and human intellect, that is, our higher soul, which Plato in the Timaeus calls a daimon and which Plotinus takes to remain in the intelligible realm, interpreting it along (...)
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  18. Review: John M. Cooper, Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus. [REVIEW]Raphael Woolf - forthcoming - Philosophical Explorations 124 (2):397-402,.
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  19. Plotinus ve Farabî’de Sudûr.Mustafa Yıldırım - forthcoming - Felsefe Dünyasi.
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  20. A Trinitarian Ascent: How Augustine’s Sermons on the Psalms of Ascent Transform the Ascent Tradition.Mark J. Boone - 2024 - Religions 15 (5).
    Augustine’s sermons on the Psalms of Ascent, part of the Enarrationes in Psalmos, are a unique entry in the venerable tradition of those writings that aim to help us ascend to a higher reality. These sermons transform the ascent genre by giving, in the place of the Platonic account of ascent, a Christian ascent narrative with a Trinitarian structure. Not just the individual ascends, but the community that is the church, the body of Christ, also ascends. The ascent is up (...)
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  21. Aristotle’s Categories from Plotinus to Iamblichus.Riccardo Chiaradonna - 2024 - Chiaradonna, R. 2024. Aristotle’s Categories From Plotinus to Iamblichus. Works of Philosophy and Their Reception [Online]. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. Available From: Https://Www.Degruyter.Com/Database/Wpr/Entry/Wpr.28298978/Html.
    This article focuses on the reception of Aristotle’s Categories by the first three representatives of Greek Neoplatonism: Plotinus (204/205–270 CE), Porphyry (ca. 234–ca. 305 CE), Iamblichus (ca. 242–ca. 325 CE). The first section argues that Plotinus’ acquaintance with Aristotle’s treatises marked a fresh start vis-à-vis the previous Platonist tradition. Aristotle’s views, arguments and vocabulary are ubiquitous in Plotinus writings (the Enneads) and they must be considered an essential part of his philosophical project. Plotinus, however, does not share some of Aristotle’s (...)
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  22. Ontology in Early Neoplatonism. Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus. By Riccardo Chiaradonna.Lloyd P. Gerson - 2024 - Ancient Philosophy 44 (1):277-281.
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  23. Beyond the Polemics: Freedom and Necessity in Plotinus and St Maximus Confessor.Daniel Heide - 2024 - Heythrop Journal 65 (1):49-63.
    The aim of this paper is to challenge the prevailing polemic between ‘necessary’ emanation and ‘free’ creation. I begin by arguing for the presence of freedom and volition in the emanationism of Plotinus. I then move on to explore the role of necessity in the creationism of Maximus. In both cases, I rely upon a twofold schematisation of freedom and necessity to dissolve the dichotomy between them effectively. Having levelled the playing field, so to speak, I conclude that, all things (...)
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  24. COMPANION TO PLOTINUS REVISITED - (L.P.) Gerson, (J.) Wilberding (edd.) The New Cambridge Companion to Plotinus. Pp. xxiv + 471, figs. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. Paper, £26.99, US$34.99 (Cased, £79.99, US$105). ISBN: 978-1-108-72623-8 (978-1-108-48834-1 hbk). [REVIEW]Anna Motta - 2024 - The Classical Review 74 (1):96-99.
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  25. Plotinus on the contemplation of the intelligible world: faces of being and mirrors of intellect.Mateusz Stróżyński - 2024 - United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
    This study offers an experiential and practical way of understanding Plotinus' thought and philosophy through a focus on the act of contemplation. Mateusz Stróżyński argues that contemplation, or direct seeing of the principles of reality, is not merely a part of Plotinus' thought, but rather a significant dimension of it.
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  26. Plotinus on Eternity and Time (Ennead III.7): Text, Translation, and Commentary.Kit Tempest-Walters - 2024 - Boston: BRILL. Edited by Plotinus.
    Provides philosophical definitions which help scholars and students to understand Plotinus’ notions of eternity and time; presents a way in which to understand the relationship between eternity, time, and the hypostases; conveys the practical and experiential aspect of Ennead III.7.
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  27. Eternity, perpetuity, and time in the cosmologies of Plotinus and Mīr Dāmād.Syed A. H. Zaidi - 2024 - Philosophical Forum 55 (1):47-70.
    The present piece focuses on the influence of Plotinus' understanding of time and eternity as articulated in Plotinus' third and fifth Enneads upon Mīr Dāmād's (d. 1631–2) conception of eternity, perpetuity, and time found in his Book of Blazing Brands (Kitab al‐Qabasāt). Although Mīr Dāmād's conception of eternity, perpetuity, and time resembles that of Plotinus' cosmology and ontology, he departs from Plotinus' hypostases in establishing strict parameters for each domain. Unlike Plotinus, Mīr Dāmād argues that the realm of eternity is (...)
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  28. Plotinus the Master and the Apotheosis of Imperial Platonism.William H. F. Altman - 2023 - Lanham: Lexington Books.
    With both the Roman Empire and contemporary scholarship as backdrop, this book contrasts the Imperial Platonism of Plotinus with Plato's own by distinguishing one as a master enlightening disciples, and the other as an Athenian teacher who taught students to discover the truth for themselves in the Academy.
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  29. Harmonisation, hiérarchisation ou neutralisation? Plotin et Proclus lecteurs de Métaphysique Lambda.Gwenaëlle Aubry - 2023 - Les Etudes Philosophiques 146 (3):117-143.
    Les lectures plotinienne et proclusienne de Métaphysique Λ ne se résolvent pas dans ces résultats doctrinaux que sont la hiérarchisation de l’Intellect et de l’Un-Bien et l’harmonisation des causalités efficiente et finale. Pour les saisir tant dans leur différence que dans celle qui les oppose toutes deux aux lectures concordistes, il faut déplacer l’analyse du plan des doctrines à celui des concepts. Plus précisément, il faut demander comment Plotin et Proclus intègrent le concept qui, en Métaphysique Λ, condense la charge (...)
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  30. Plotinus and Wang Yangming on the Structures of Consciousness and Reality: A Transversal Prospection in View of Affinities of Their Positions.David Bartosch - 2023 - Asian Studies · Azijske Študije 11 (1):91-135.
    In this paper, particular key aspects of the philosophies of Plotinus and Wang Yangming have been analysed comparatively on the basis of important passages of their works. The method used for this investigation can be defined as that of transversal comparative induction, in which the focus is more on working out the details of affinities and similarities. As this means a first step in an encompassing systematic context, differences will be introduced more briefly. The present investigation aims to provide a (...)
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  31. Review of A.A. Long, Plotinus. Ennead II.4: On Matter[REVIEW]Ryan M. Brown - 2023 - Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2023.
    Review of A.A. Long's translation and commentary of Plotinus's "On Matter" (II.4).
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  32. Plotinus’ta Erdemler: Enneadlar’da (I,2,19) Arınma ve Benzeme Teorisi.Şenel Cahid - 2023 - Felsefe Arkivi 59:1-10.
    Bu çalışma Yeni Platonculuğun kurucu metni olan Enneadlar’ı merkeze alarak Plotinus’un ahlâk, erdemler ve adalet konusundaki düşüncesini ortaya koymayı hedeflemektedir. Bunu gerçekleştirmek için Enneadlar’ın I, 2, 19. bölümü tüm detaylarıyla ele alınacaktır. Elbette modern ve çağdaş dönemde bu konu etrafında gelişen literatür de göz ardı edilmeyecektir. Plotinus’un erdem tasavvurunun Platon ve Aristoteles’ten daha farklı bir yere evirildiği, Plotinus öncesindeki ahlâk anlayışının ve erdemler sistematiğinin daha realist bir yerde konumlandığı, onun görüşünün ise “Tanrı’yla benzeme” ideali etrafında şekillenen yarı mistik bir felsefî (...)
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  33. Plotin. Traité 30. III.8. Sur la Nature, la Contemplation et l’Un, written by Bertrand Ham.Damian Caluori - 2023 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 17 (1):114-116.
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  34. Jean-Michel Charrue, La philosophie néoplatonicienne de l’éducation : Hypatie, Plotin, Jamblique, Proclus.Mathilde Cambron-Goulet - 2023 - Philosophie Antique 23.
    Alors que l’éducation apparaît comme un thème principal de la pensée néoplatonicienne, et qu’elle a fait l’objet de nombreux articles scientifiques et chapitres de livres, il n’existe que très peu de monographies sur cette question (on songe par exemple à l’ouvrage d’E. Watts, 2006, City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria, University of California Press, qui a déjà une quinzaine d’années). La contribution de Jean-Michel Charrue, parce qu’elle place l’éducation, même disséminée d...
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  35. Ontology in early Neoplatonism: Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus.Riccardo Chiaradonna - 2023 - Berlin: De Gruyter.
    Neoplatonists from Plotinus onward incorporate Aristotle's logic and ontology into their philosophies: this process is of both intrinsic and historical interest and paves the way for subsequent philosophical debates in the Middle Ages and in the Modern Era. The fifteen essays collected in this book focus on the readings of Aristotle by Plotinus, Porphyry, and Iamblichus in the 3rd and 4th centuries. Their discussions cover key issues in the history of logic and metaphysics such as substance, hylomorphism, causation, existence, and (...)
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  36. Plotinus on Hylomorphic Forms.Riccardo Chiaradonna - 2023 - In David Charles (ed.), The History of Hylomorphism: From Aristotle to Descartes. Oxford University Press. pp. 197-220.
    This chapter focuses on Plotinus’ engagement with Aristotle’s hylomorphism against the wider background of Plotinus’ account of living beings. Plotinus’ general point throughout his writings is that, whatever one might think of the soul as an enmattered form, its status is not sufficiently distinct from that of the body and of its attributes. So Aristotle cannot ground his own distinction between body and soul, since the soul is an attribute among others and all attempts to make sense of its status (...)
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  37. Plotinus on the Daemon as the Soul’s Erotic Disposition towards the Good.Anna Corrias - 2023 - Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 44 (2):313-331.
    The idea that the soul has a guardian daemon was a common topic among Platonists, informed by different readings of Plato, especially Symp. 202e and Resp. 620e. In his philosophically dense interpretation, Plotinus describes the daemon as the ‘pole of attraction’ or the erotic disposition that keeps the core of one’s personality directed towards the Good. In this way, the daemon promotes the soul’s ascent to higher levels of reality through a transition from unconsciousness into consciousness that, across different incarnations, (...)
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  38. Plotinus on the Delphic maxim: Knowing and being one's true self.Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson - 2023 - In Ole Jakob Filtvedt & Jens Schröter (eds.), Know yourself: echoes and interpretations of the Delphic maxim in ancient Judaism, Christianity, and philosophy. Boston: De Gruyter.
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  39. Plotin VI 5 (23) 8, 15-35.Lorenzo Ferroni - 2023 - Revue de Philosophie Ancienne 1:185-212.
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  40. Demiurge and Deity: The Cosmical Theology of Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker.Joshua Hall - 2023 - Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy 6.
    This paper analyzes the nature of the Star Maker in Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker, as well as Stapledon’s exploration of the theological problem of evil, as compared with philosophical conceptions of God and their respective theodicies in the tradition of classical theism, as propounded by philosophers such as Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Maimonides, Aquinas, and Avicenna. It argues that Stapledon’s philosophical divergence from classical theism entails that the Star Maker of the novel is more demiurge than true divinity, and that this (...)
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  41. Not a Body: the Catalyst of St. Augustine’s Intellectual Conversion in the Books of the Platonists.Kyle S. Hodge - 2023 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 93 (1):51-72.
    In his Confessions, Augustine says that he achieved great intellectual insight from what he cryptically calls the “books of the Platonists.” Prior to reading these books, he was a corporealist and was unable to conceive of incorporeal beings. Because of the insurmountable philosophical problems corporealism caused for the Christian belief he was seeking, Augustine claims that this was the greatest intellectual barrier he faced in converting to Christianity. As such, the specific contents and effects of these Platonist books are of (...)
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  42. Plotinus on Fallibility and Infallibility.Christoph Horn - 2023 - In Therese Fuhrer & Janja Soldo (eds.), Fallibility and Fallibilism in Ancient Philosophy and Literature. De Gruyter. pp. 235-256.
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  43. The Enneads of Plotinus: A Commentary | Volume 2.Paul Kalligas - 2023 - Princeton University Press.
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  44. O tratado sobre os números, de Plotino : uma tradução comentada.Vinicius J. H. C. Leonardi - 2023 - Dissertation, Federal University of Paraná
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  45. L’articulation des chapitres 19 et 20 du traité VI, 2 [43] de Plotin. La priorité du genre sur ses espèces.Camille Mouflier - 2023 - Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 44 (1):153-171.
    Chapter 20 of Plotinus’ treatise VI, 2 [43] has received particular attention because it seems to deal with the Intellect. However, the connection of this chapter with chapter 19 is problematic insofar as the latter deals with the ways in which species are generated by the first genera. Our aim will be to show that chapter 20 can only be understood in the light of the notion of genus. More precisely, Plotinus’ aim in this chapter is to demonstrate the priority (...)
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  46. Ennead I.5: on whether well-being increases with time. Plotinus - 2023 - Las Vegas: Parmenides Publishing. Edited by Danielle A. Layne.
    In Ennead I.5 Plotinus attempts to navigate a well-trodden path of inquiry by responding directly to a wide spectrum of popular theories on human flourishing, insisting emphatically that well-being belongs to the present moment. One of his central targets is Aristotle, who insisted that well-being be measured by "a complete life" or a life measured by virtue, a modus vivendi sustained via the development of appropriate habits (hexis) and the avoidance of misfortunes. At the same time the Hellenistic schools-with their (...)
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  47. The Life of Contemplation and the Life of Action: Platinus and Φρόνησισ.Jasmina Popovska - 2023 - Годишен зборник на Филозофскиот факултет/The Annual of the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje 76 (1):65-74.
    The analysis of the characteristics of the concept φρόνησις (phronesis) in Plotinus’ philosophy inevitably opens a wider discussion about the status and autonomy of ethical theory in Plotinus’ philosophy and about the relationship between contemplative and active life. On the one hand, the paradigmatic interpretations holdthat there is an otherworldly, self-centred and elitist ethics in Plotinus’ philosophy, and on the other, in the recent interpretations, the so-called “ethics of descent”, as opposed to “ethics of ascent”, the autonomy of πρᾶξις is (...)
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  48. The Life of Contemplation and the Life of Action: Plotinus and Φρόνησις.Jasmina Popovska - 2023 - Annuaire de la Faculté de Philosophie 76:65-74.
    The analysis of the characteristics of the concept φρόνησις (phronesis) in Plotinus’ philosophy inevitably opens a wider discussion about the status and autonomy of ethical theory in Plotinus’ philosophy and about the relationship between contemplative and active life. On the one hand, the paradigmatic interpretations hold that there is an otherworldly, self-centred and elitist ethics in Plotinus’ philosophy, and on the other, in the recent interpretations, the so-called “ethics of descent”, as opposed to “ethics of ascent”, the autonomy of πρᾶξις (...)
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  49. Karl Jaspers und Plotin: Eine Untersuchung zu den Quellen von Jaspers’ Metaphysik der Transzendenz.Tolga Ratzsch - 2023 - Verlag Karl Alber.
    With his philosophy of transcendence, Karl Jaspers is considered one of the few great metaphysicians of the 20th century. This study is devoted to the roots of his transcendental thinking in the philosophy of Plotinus (c. 204–270). It demonstrates the constitutive role that reference to the philosophia perennis played for Jaspers, as well as his early and intensive engagement with the founder of Neoplatonism, who for Jaspers was ‘the metaphysician par excellence’. His connection with Plotinus opens up fascinating new perspectives (...)
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  50. Neu-Platonische Studien: Darstellung Des Lebens Und Philosophie Des Plotin.Arthur Richter - 2023 - Legare Street Press.
    Dieses Buch bietet eine umfassende Darstellung des Lebens und der Philosophie von Plotin, einem wichtigen Vertreter des Neu-Platonismus. Der Autor bezieht sich dabei auf eine Vielzahl von Quellen und gibt dem Leser damit einen tiefen Einblick in die Gedankenwelt von Plotin. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the "public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other (...)
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