Plotinus: An Introduction to the Enneads

Paperback | October 1, 1993

byDominic J. OMeara

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This is the ideal introduction to the thought of the third-century AD writer Plotinus, one of the greatest of ancient philosophers, now enjoying a major revival of interest. Dominic O'Meara has tailored the book carefully to the requirements of students: he writes clearly and authoritatively,assumes no knowledge of Greek or expertise in ancient philosophy, stays close to the texts, and relates Plotinus's ideas to modern philosophical concerns.

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This book is addressed to those wishing to embark on a reading of Plotinus' works, the Enneads. One of the greatest of ancient philosophers, Plotinus is now attracting ever-increasing attention from those interested in ancient philosophy, in late Antiquity, and in the importance of this period for the Western intellectual tradition. Do...

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This is the ideal introduction to the thought of the third-century AD writer Plotinus, one of the greatest of ancient philosophers, now enjoying a major revival of interest. Dominic O'Meara has tailored the book carefully to the requirements of students: he writes clearly and authoritatively,assumes no knowledge of Greek or expertise i...

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This book is addressed to those wishing to embark on a reading of Plotinus' works, the Enneads. One of the greatest of ancient philosophers, Plotinus is now attracting ever-increasing attention from those interested in ancient philosophy, in late Antiquity, and in the importance of this period for the Western intellectual tradition. Do...

Dominic J. O'Meara is at University of Fribourg.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:154 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.39 inPublished:October 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Plotonius' life and Works1. Soul and Body2. The Relation Between Sensible and Intelligable Reality3. Soul, Intellect and the Forms4. Intellect and the One5. Speaking on the One6. The Derivation of all Things From the One (I)7. The Derivation of all Things from the One (II)8. Evil9. Beauty10. The Return of the Soul: Philosophy and MysticismEpilogue: Plotonious in Western ThoughtGuide to Further ReadingBibliographyIndex of Terms and ThemesIndex of Texts

From Our Editors

This book is addressed to those wishing to embark on a reading of Plotinus' works, the Enneads. One of the greatest of ancient philosophers, Plotinus is now attracting ever-increasing attention from those interested in ancient philosophy, in late Antiquity, and in the importance of this period for the Western intellectual tradition. Dominic O'Meara presents a brief outline of Plotinus' life, and of the composition of the Enneads, placing Plotinus within the intellectual context of the philosophical schools and religious movements of his time. He then discusses selected Plotinian texts in relation to a number of central philosophical issues - soul and body, intelligible and sensible reality, intellect, the One, speaking of the ineffable, the production of reality, evil, beauty, ethics, and mysticism - in order to show how Plotinus' thinking on these issues evolved, and to assess the historical importance of his philosophy. A bibliography and a thematically arranged guide to further reading, both on the issues examined here and on other topics in Plotinus, enhance t

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`a great success. To write a general introduction to this most difficult of Greek philosophers is no easy task ... O'Meara's book is a valuable addition to the existent literature.'Kieran McGroarty, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, in Hermathena, no 164, Summer 1998