Plotinus Ennead V.1 (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
234
Utgivningsdatum
2015-12-18
Förlag
Parmenides Publishing
Medarbetare
Dillon, John M. (red.)/Smith, Andrew (red.)
Volymtitel
Vol. 1
Dimensioner
127 x 76 x 12 mm
Vikt
272 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9781930972919
Plotinus Ennead V.1 (häftad)

Plotinus Ennead V.1

On the Three Primary Levels of Reality

Häftad Engelska, 2015-12-18
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Plotinus' Treatise V.1 comes closer than any other to providing an outline of his entire spiritual and metaphysical system, and as such it may serve to some degree as an introduction to his philosophy. It addresses in condensed form a great many topics to which Plotinus elsewhere devotes extended discussion, including the problem of the multiple self; eternity and time; the unity-in-duality of intellect and the intelligible; and the derivation of intelligible being from the One. Above all, it shows that the so-called "three hypostases"-soul, intellect, and the One-are best understood not as a sequence of three things additional to one another, but as three levels of possession of the same content, so that each lower level-soul in relation to intellect and intellect in relation to the One-is an "image" and "expression" of its superior. Plotinus exhorts the human soul to overcome its alienation from its own true nature and its divine origin by first recognizing itself as superior to the body and the same in kind as the animating principle of the entire cosmos, and then discovering within itself the still higher levels of reality from which it derives: intellect and, ultimately, the One or Good, the supreme first principle of all things. To do so the soul must redirect its attention inward and upward to become aware of the divinity which is always within it but from which it is distracted by the clamor of the senses.
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Ably translated into English and provided with an informative introduction and commentary by Eric De. Perl"" - Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles ""Plotinus Ennead V.1: On the Three Primary Levels of Reality: Translation, with an Introduction and Commentary comes closer than any other to providing an outline of the entire spiritual and metaphysical system put forward by Plotinus (c. 204/5 - 270), and as such it may serve to some degree as an introduction to his philosophy. - Midwest Book Review

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Eric D. Perl is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, USA. He is the author of Theophany: The Neoplatonic Philosophy of Dionysius the Areopagite (SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy, 2007), and Thinking Being: Introduction to Metaphysics in the Classical Tradition (Brill Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism, and the Platonic Tradition Series, 2014), as well as numerous articles on Plato, Plotinus, and other figures in the Platonic philosophical tradition.