By A. H. Armstrong, Plotinus
Plotinus (204/5-270 CE) was once the 1st and maximum of Neoplatonic philosophers. His writings have been edited by way of his disciple Porphyry, who released them decades after his master's loss of life in six units of 9 treatises each one (the Enneads).
Plotinus appeared Plato as his grasp, and his personal philosophy is a profoundly unique improvement of the Platonism of the 1st centuries of the Christian period and the heavily comparable considered the Neopythagoreans, with a few impacts from Aristotle and his fans and the Stoics, whose writings he knew good yet used severely. he's a distinct mix of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. His idea ruled later Greek philosophy and motivated either Christians and Moslems, and remains to be alive this present day as a result of its union of rationality and severe non secular adventure.
In his acclaimed variation of Plotinus, Armstrong presents very good introductions to every treatise. His beneficial notes clarify imprecise passages and provides connection with parallels in Plotinus and others.
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