Plotinus Ennead Iv.8: On The Descent Of The Soul Into Bodies: Translation, With An Introduction, And Commentary by Barrie FleetPlotinus Ennead Iv.8: On The Descent Of The Soul Into Bodies: Translation, With An Introduction, And Commentary by Barrie Fleet

Plotinus Ennead Iv.8: On The Descent Of The Soul Into Bodies: Translation, With An Introduction…

byBarrie Fleet, Andrew SmithEditorJohn M. Dillon

Paperback | June 6, 2012

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Plotinus was much exercised by Plato's doctrines of the soul. In this treatise, at chapter 1 line 27, he talks of "the divine Plato, who has said in many places in his works many noble things about the soul and its arrival here, so that we can hope for some clarity from him. So what does the philosopher say? It is clear that he does not always speak with sufficient consistency for us to make out his intentions with any ease." The issue in this treatise is one that has puzzled students of Plato from ancient to modern times—and is indeed a popular topic for undergraduate essays even today: Why should the philosopher, who has ascended through a long and painful process of dialectic to "assimilation to the divine," ever descend back into the body? Plotinus himself is said by Porphyry to have attained such a state of other-worldly transcendence on at least four occasions during his lifetime, so this was a very real and personal issue for him. In this treatise we see him grappling with it.

Barrie Fleet is affiliated Lecturer and former Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of Plotinus: Ennead III.6 On the Impassivity of the Bodiless. Text with a Translation and Commentary (Oxford, 1995), and three volumes in the Ancient Commentators on Aristotl...
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Title:Plotinus Ennead Iv.8: On The Descent Of The Soul Into Bodies: Translation, With An Introduction…Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:June 6, 2012Publisher:Parmenides PublishingLanguage:English

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