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  1. The Enneads by Plotinus, 2009-01-01
  2. An essay on the beautiful. From the Greek of Plotinus. by Plotinus, 2010-05-28
  3. Plotinus or the Simplicity of Vision by Pierre Hadot, 1998-04-28
  4. Plotinus: The Enneads (LP Classic Reprint Series) by Lorenz Books, 2004-07-25
  5. Essential Plotinus: Representative Treatises from the Enneads by Plotinus, Elmer O'Brien, 1975-06-01
  6. Return To The One: Plotinus's Guide To God-Realization by Brian Hines, 2009-01-01
  7. The Six Enneads by Plotinus, 2010-05-23
  8. Plotinus: Volume VI, EnneadVI.1-5 (Loeb Classical Library No. 445) by Plotinus, 1988-01-01
  9. Plotinus: Road to Reality by Rist, 1977-06-24
  10. The Heart of Plotinus: The Essential Enneads (The Perennial Philosophy) by Algis Uzdavinys, 2009-04-25
  11. Plotinus on Number by Svetla Slaveva-Griffin, 2009-03-04
  12. Culture and Philosphy in the Age of Plotinus (Classical Literature and Society) by Mark Edwards, 2006-12-19
  13. The philosophy of Plotinus ... by William Ralph Inge, James Nairne, et all 2010-08-30
  14. The Cambridge Companion to Plotinus (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)

1. Plotinus - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
plotinus (Greek ) (ca. AD 205–270) was a major philosopher of the ancient world who is widely considered the father of Neoplatonism.
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Porphyry reported that Plotinus was 66 years old when he died in 270, the second year of the reign of the emperor Claudius II , thus giving us the year of his teacher's birth as around Eunapius reported that Plotinus was born in the Deltaic Lycopolis Latin : Lyco) in Egypt , which has led to speculations that he may have been a native Egyptian of Roman Greek or Hellenized Egyptian descent.

2. Plotinus [Internet Encyclopedia Of Philosophy]
A look at various aspects of plotinus Neoplatonic system. Includes extensive suggestions for further reading.
Plotinus (204-270 C.E.) Plotinus is considered to be the founder of Neoplatonism . Taking his lead from his reading of Plato, Plotinus developed a complex spiritual cosmology involving three hypostases: the One, the Intelligence, and the Soul. It is from the productive unity of these three Beings that all existence emanates. The principal of emanation is not simply causal, but also contemplative. In his system, Plotinus raises intellectual contemplation to the status of a productive principle; and it is by virtue of contemplation that all existents are said to be united as a single, all-pervasive reality. In this sense, Plotinus is not a strict pantheist, yet his system does not permit the notion of creatio ex nihilo (creation out of nothingness). In addition to his cosmology, Plotinus also developed a unique theory of sense-perception and knowledge, based on the idea that the mind plays an active role in shaping or ordering the objects of its perception, rather than passively receiving the data of sense experience (in this sense, Plotinus may be said to have anticipated the phenomenological theories of Husserl ). Plotinus' doctrine that the soul is composed of a higher and a lower part the higher part being unchangeable and divine (and aloof from the lower part, yet providing the lower part with life), while the lower part is the seat of the personality (and hence the passions and vices) led him to neglect an ethics of the individual human being in favor of a mystical or soteric doctrine of the soul's ascent to union with its higher part. The philosophy of Plotinus is represented in the complete collection of his treatises, collected and edited by his student Porphyry into six books of nine treatises each. For this reason they have come down to us under the title of the

3. Plotinus (Stanford Encyclopedia Of Philosophy)
plotinus (204/5 270 C.E.), is generally regarded as the founder of Neoplatonism. He is one of the most influential philosophers in antiquity after Plato
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1. Life and Writings
Owing to the unusually fulsome biography by Plotinus' disciple Porphyry, we know more about Plotinus' life than we do about most ancient philosophers'. The main facts are these. Plotinus was born in Lycopolis, Egypt in 204 or 205 C.E. When he was 28, a growing interest in philosophy led him to the feet of one Ammonius Saccas in Alexandria. After ten or eleven years with this obscure though evidently dominating figure, Plotinus was moved to study Persian and Indian philosophy. In order to do so, he attached himself to the military expedition of Emperor Gordian III to Persia in 243. The expedition was aborted when Gordian was assassinated by his troops. Plotinus thereupon seems to have abandoned his plans, making his way to Rome in 245. There he remained until his death in 270 or 271. Porphyry informs us that during the first ten years of his time in Rome, Plotinus lectured exclusively on the philosophy of Ammonius. During this time he also wrote nothing. Porphyry tells us that when he himself arrived in Rome in 263, the first 21 of Plotinus' treatises had already been written. The remainder of the 54 treatises constituting his

4. Plotinus
An introduction to his NeoPlatonic ideas, mysticism and importance. Includes bibliography and related links.
Plotinus (204/5-270 c.e.) was an Egyptian by birth but Greek (or Hellenistic) by upbringing. He studied philosophy in Alexandria under Ammonius Saccus, before joining a military campaign against Persia, where he encountered Indian ideas. He went to Rome c 244, where he taught until about 268. His lectures were only committed to writing later in life. As the central figure of Neoplatonism, Plotinus was the representative of a spiritual-philosophical tradition that begins with Plato or before, and passes through the stages of early post-Platonism and Middle Platonism
Plotinus' metaphysics
Central to Plotinus' metaphysics is the process of ceaseless emanation and outflowing from the One. Plotinus gives metaphors such as the radiation of heat from fire or cold from snow, fragrance from a flower or light from the sun. This basic theme reappears in the scholastic maxim that "good diffuses itself" ( bonum diffusivum sui ); entities that have achieved perfection of their own being do not keep that perfection to themselves, but spread it out by generating an external image of their internal activity This then leads to the idea that Arthur Lovejoy , in his book The Great Chain of Being , calls "the principle of plenitude". What this means is that emanation from the One cannot terminate until everything that has possibly come into existence has done so. Creation cannot stop at the world of the Gods, but must continue downwards through all possible levels of being and imperfection. Things cannot all be good, and indeed, as Plotinus says, the universe would be less perfect if they were, just as it may be necessary for a beautiful work of art that not all its parts are beautiful in isolation

5. Plotinus
A view of plotinus emphasizing pantheistic aspects of his philosophy. Includes quotes from his works.
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Little is known about Plotinus' life. He was born in AD 204-5 in Egypt. In his twenties he moved to the great centre of learning, Alexandria, to study philosophy. There he read the works of Aristotle and Plato, both of whom had a strong influence on his thought. He was also intrigued by the philosophies of Persia and India. Hoping to visit these countries, he joined the emperor Gordian's campaign against the Parthians, in 243 AD. The campaign ended in catastrophe when the emperor was assassinated in Mesopotamia. Plotinus escaped to Antioch. From there he made his way to Rome and opened an academy. He seems to have enjoyed intellectual discussion as much as lecturing. His star pupil Porphyry once questioned him about the relation of the soul to the body for three days on end. A man called Thaumasius complained that he had come to hear a lecture. Plotinus replied: "But unless we solve the problems raised by Porphyry's questions, we shall have nothing to say to put in the lecture." His great work, the Enneads, is made up of essays composed in response to problems raised in his seminar.

6. The Internet Classics Archive | The Six Enneads By Plotinus
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The Six Enneads
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7. Hermetic Philosophy And The Mystery Of Being
Esoteric teachings spiritual exercises meditations to unfold cosmic consciousness .

Essays and exercises on Eastern and Western Hermetic, Esoteric and Mystical Philosophies to awaken Cosmic Consciousness and unfold Primordial Wisdom.
When we express ourselves with words, thoughts or feelings, we are under the impression that it is our mind and intellect that generate our thinking. It is true that we do have "thoughts" and use our "intellect" projecting around us "thought-forms" and psychic expressions of all kinds... But, all of these are passing illusions and realities, projections of our ego desires and wishes. The metaphysical essays on this website are based on personal experiences and intensive research of ancient Egyptian and Greek religions and mystery schools, as well as modern mystical and esoteric traditions such as the Rosicrucian and Templar Traditions. These articles are intended to encourage readers interested in Hermetic, Gnostic and mystical philosophies to differentiate between our Real Nature which is rooted in Absolute Consciousness and the vehicle serving it... which is the ego and the five senses. Through these essays, we will try to encourage those of you who earnestly want to explore the inner dimensions of Consciousness and cross the threshold of the "Unknown" within oneself... and pass through the Portal of Initiation where the words

8. Great Books Index - Plotinus
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9. Island Of Freedom - Plotinus
plotinus was a Roman philosopher and the originator of neoplatonism. plotinus was born in Asyut, Egypt, though his education and cultural background were
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Plotinus was a Roman philosopher and the originator of neoplatonism. Plotinus was born in Asyut, Egypt, though his education and cultural background were completely Greek. In 232 he went to Alexandria and studied with the philosopher Ammonius Saccas (who flourished in the 1st half of 3rd century) for ten years and in about 244 went to Rome, where he established a school. Plotinus spoke on Pythagorean and Platonic wisdom and on asceticism; such was the impression made upon his hearers that some of them gave their fortunes to the poor, set their slaves free, and devoted themselves to lives of study and ascetic piety. At the age of 60, with the permission of the Roman emperor Gallienus, Plotinus planned to establish a communistic commonwealth on the model of The Republic by Plato , but the project failed because of the opposition of Gallienus's counselors. Plotinus continued to teach and write until his death. His works comprise 54 treatises in Greek, called the

10. Enneads Of Plotinus
THE ENNEADS by plotinus translated by Stephen MacKenna and B. S. Page THE FIRST ENNEAD. FIRST TRACTATE. THE ANIMATE AND THE MAN. 1.

11. Malaspina Great Books - Plotinus (205 CE)
plotinus, (died about A.D. 270) the father of NeoPlatonism, was born in Alexandria in Egypt; he studied there and in Mesopotamia, then settled in Rome and
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12. The Ecole Glossary
plotinus (c 203270 CE) is generally regarded as the founder of After 11 years with Ammonius, plotinus traveled with Emperor Gordianus III to Persia,
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Plotinus Plotinus (c CE) is generally regarded as the founder of Neo-Platonism and is, perhaps, its most important representative. At the age of 28, he turned to philosophy, seeking teachers in the intellectual climate of Alexandria. He was a pupil of Ammonius Saccas, who had been a teacher of Origen , the noted theologian. After 11 years with Ammonius, Plotinus traveled with Emperor Gordianus III to Persia, where he was exposed to Indian ideas. He fled from Persia to Antioch and then on to Rome immediately after the death of Gordianus, where he established a school of philosophy. Between and 270, Plotinus wrote The Enneads , which were then catalogued and organized by his student, Porphyry . Plotinus was influenced by Platonism, Aristotelianism and Stoicism . In spite of his association with many Christians, Plotinus himself never became Christian. Anthony F. Beavers

13. The Philosophy Of Plotinus
A concise systematic digest of plotinus thought. From the Radical Academy.
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Plotinus ( picture ), who brought forth the last great system of Greek speculative philosophy, was born in Egypt. At the age of thirty he came into contact with Ammonius Saccas and immediately became his disciple; on meeting the master, Plotinus exclaimed: "I have found the man I need." He studied under Saccas for ten years, that is, until the death of his teacher. He then joined an expedition to the East under Jordanus, and there obtained a knowledge of Oriental religions. After the failure of the expedition, Plotinus went to Rome, where he taught for the next twenty years.

14. Plato And Plotinus
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A complete list of the works of Plato on the Web, many available in Greek and in several English translations. For a comprehensive site dealing with Plato and Platonism, we refer you to Bernard Suzanne's site, Plato and his Dialogues , where you will find a frequently updated list of these links. In the list below, the note (A) indicates probable apocryphal dialogues.
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15. Plotinus --  Britannica Online Encyclopedia
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16. EAWC Anthology: Ennead I.6 [1], On Beauty
plotinus / Translated by Stephen MacKenna. 1. Beauty addresses itself chiefly to sight; but there is a beauty for the hearing too, as in certain
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Plotinus / Translated by Stephen MacKenna 1. Beauty addresses itself chiefly to sight; but there is a beauty for the hearing too, as in certain combinations of words and in all kinds of music, for melodies and cadences are beautiful; and minds that lift themselves above the realm of sense to a higher order are aware of beauty in the conduct of life, in actions, in character, in the pursuits of the intellect; and there is the beauty of the virtues. What loftier beauty there may be, yet, our argument will bring to light. What, then, is it that gives comeliness to material forms and draws the ear to the sweetness perceived in sounds, and what is the secret of the beauty there is in all that derives from Soul? Is there some One Principle from which all take their grace, or is there a beauty peculiar to the embodied and another for the bodiless? Finally, one or many, what would such a Principle be? Consider that some things, material shapes for instance, are gracious not by anything inherent but by something communicated, while others are lovely of themselves, as, for example, Virtue. The same bodies appear sometimes beautiful, sometimes not; so that there is a good deal between being body and being beautiful.

17. Biography Of Plotinus | Christian Classics Ethereal Library
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18. Plotinus - Definition From The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
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A system of idealistic , spiritualistic philosophy , tending towards mysticism , which flourished in the pagan world of Greece and Rome during the first centuries of the Christian era. It is of interest and importance, not merely because it is the last attempt of Greek thought to rehabilitate itself and restore its exhausted vitality by recourse to Oriental religious ideas , but also because it definitely entered the service of pagan polytheism and was used as a weapon against Christianity . It derives its name from the fact that its first representatives drew their inspiration from Plato's doctrines, although it is well known that many of the treatises on which they relied are not genuine works of Plato . It originated in Egypt , a circumstance which would, of itself, indicate that while the system was a characteristic product of the Hellenistic spirit, it was largely influenced by the religious ideals and mystic tendencies of Oriental thought. To understand the neo-Platonic system in itself, as well as to appreciate the attitude of

20. Plotinus - Crystalinks
plotinus was born AD 205,, Lyco, or Lycopolis, Egypt? d. 270, Campania ancient philosopher, the centre of an influential circle of intellectuals and men of
Plotinus was born AD 205,, Lyco, or Lycopolis, Egypt? d. 270, Campania ancient philosopher, the centre of an influential circle of intellectuals and men of letters in 3rd-century Rome, who is regarded by modern scholars as the founder of the Neoplatonic school of philosophy. Origins and education. The only important source for the life of Plotinus is the biography that his disciple and editor Porphyry wrote as a preface to his edition of the writings of his master, the Enneads. Other ancient sources add almost no reliable information to what Porphyry relates. This must be mentioned because, though Porphyry's "Life of Plotinus" is the best source available for the life of any ancient philosopher, it has some important deficiencies that must necessarily be reflected in any modern account of the life of Plotinus that does not use a great deal of creative imagination to fill in the gaps. The "Life" is the work of an honest, accurate, hero-worshipping, and serious-minded friend and admirer. Apart from a few fascinating scraps of information about the earlier parts of the life of Plotinus, Porphyry concentrates on the last six years, when he was with his master in Rome. Thus, a fairly complete picture is available only of the last six years of a man who died at the age of 65. It is the elderly Plotinus, as it is the elderly Socrates, who alone is known. Plotinus' own writings contain no autobiographical information, and they can give no unintentional glimpses of his mind or character when he was young; they were all written in the last 15 years of his life. Nothing is known about his intellectual and spiritual development.

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