The Heart of Plotinus: The Essential Eneads Including Porphyry's On the Cave of the Nymphs

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Algis Uždavinys
World Wisdom, Inc, 2009 - Philosophy - 279 pages
Drawing parallels with other traditions, U davinys emphasizes that Plotinus' philosophy was not a purely mental or rational exercise, but a complete way of life incorporating the spiritual virtues. Plotinus is widely regarded as the founder of the school of Neo-Platonism and this book provides an introduction to his teachings and an informative commentary on the Enneads. Also included is a commentary by Plotinus' leading disciple, Porphyry (c. 233-305 A.D.), on an enigmatic passage from Homer's epic, the Odyssey.
 

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Contents

The Philosophy of Plotinus the Egyptian
1
Plotinus and His School in Rome
10
Plotinus and the Tradition of Hellenic Philosophy
14
Metaphysics of Plotinus
21
Mystical Experience SelfKnowledge and Union with the One
29
Plotinus between East and West
35
Remarks on MacKennas Translation
43
THE ENNEADS
45
The Souls Descent into Body
158
On the Intelligible Beauty
169
On the Integral Omniprescence of the Authentic Existent II
187
How the Multiplicity of the IdealForms Came into Being and on the Good
193
On Free Will and the Will of the One
204
On the Good or the One
209
Porphyrys On the Cave of the Nymphs and the Spiritual Exegesis of Homer
223
Odysseus as a Philosopher and Spiritual Hero
224

On the Virtues
47
On Dialectic
58
On Beauty
64
Against the Gnostics
77
On Providence 1
86
On Love
96
On the Impassivity of the Unembodied
111
On Nature Contemplation and the One
118
Problems of the Soul 1
136
Problems of the Soul II
145
Porphyrys Allegorical Interpretation of Homer
227
Numenius and His Pythagorean Philosophy
230
Cronius the Companion of Numenius
235
Remarks on Thomas Taylors Translation
236
ON THE CAVE OF THE NYMPHS
239
Selected Bibliography
267
Biographical Notes
271
Index
273
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