The Enneads

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Penguin Books Limited, 1991 - Music - 558 pages
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Regarded as the founder of Neo-Platonism, Plotinus (AD 204-70) was the last great philosopher of antiquity, producing 0works that proved in many ways a precursor to Renaissance thought. Plotinus was convinced of the existence of a state of supreme perfection and argued powerfully that it was necessary to guide the human soul towards this state. Here he outlines his compelling belief in three increasingly perfect levels of existence - the Soul, the Intellect, and the One - and explains his conviction that humanity must strive to draw the soul towards spiritual transcendence. A fusion of Platonism, mystic passion and Aristotelian thought, The Enneads offers a highly original synthesis of early philosophical and religious beliefs, which powerfully influenced later Christian and Islamic theology.

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

A major philosopher of the ancient world in the tradition of Plato. He developed a system of belief based on three principles: The One, The Intellect and The Soul. The composite of these principles is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jake Maguire - Goodreads

One of the most important and influential philosophers ever in my opinion. Don't get tangled up in the introduction for too long, once you get into the thick of it, you will need to drink a coffee and then call someone who cares! Big foundational ideas that shaped Western civilization. Read full review

About the author (1991)

John Dillon is Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College in Dublin.


John Dillon is Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College in Dublin.


John Dillon is Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College in Dublin.

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