Plotinus Cosmology: A Study of Ennead II.1 (40): Text, Translation, and Commentary

Hardcover | June 20, 2006

byJames Wilberding

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In Ennead II.1 (40) Plotinus is primarily concerned to argue for the everlastingness of the universe, the heavens, and the heavenly bodies as individual substances. Here he must grapple both with the philosophical issue of personal identity through time and with the rich tradition ofcosmology which pitted the Platonists against the Aristotelians and Stoics. What results is a historically informed cosmological sketch explaining the constitution of the heavens as well as sublunar and celestial motion. This book contains an extensive introduction aimed at providing the necessarybackground in Platonic, Aristotelian, and Stoic cosmology, the text itself, and a line-by-line commentary designed to elucidate its philosophical, philological and historical details.

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In Ennead II.1 (40) Plotinus is primarily concerned to argue for the everlastingness of the universe, the heavens, and the heavenly bodies as individual substances. Here he must grapple both with the philosophical issue of personal identity through time and with the rich tradition ofcosmology which pitted the Platonists against the A...

James Wilberding is Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Williams College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:June 20, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionThe Text of Ennead II.1TranslationCommentary