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  1. The Enneads by Plotinus, 2009-01-01
  2. Plotinus or the Simplicity of Vision by Pierre Hadot, 1998-04-28
  3. Essential Plotinus: Representative Treatises from the Enneads by Plotinus, Elmer O'Brien, 1975-06-01
  4. Return To The One: Plotinus's Guide To God-Realization by Brian Hines, 2009-01-01
  5. Plotinus: Volume VI, EnneadVI.1-5 (Loeb Classical Library No. 445) by Plotinus, 1988-01-01
  6. Plotinus: The Enneads (LP Classic Reprint Series) by Lorenz Books, 2004-07-25
  7. Plotinus: Road to Reality by Rist, 1977-06-24
  8. Plotinus on Number by Svetla Slaveva-Griffin, 2009-03-04
  9. An essay on the beautiful. From the Greek of Plotinus. by Plotinus, 2010-05-28
  10. The Heart of Plotinus: The Essential Enneads (The Perennial Philosophy) by Algis Uzdavinys, 2009-04-25
  11. The Six Enneads by Plotinus, 2010-05-23
  12. The Cambridge Companion to Plotinus (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)
  13. Plotinus: Enneads by Plotinus, 2010-07-06
  14. Aesthetics & The Philosophy Of Spirit: From Plotinus To Schelling And Hegel by John Shannon Hendrix, 2005-03-07

1. 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 and Aristotle.
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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

2. Hermetic Philosophy And The Mystery Of Being
Esoteric teachings spiritual exercises meditations to unfold cosmic consciousness op /op .
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ENTER 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

3. Plotinus
An introduction to his Neo-Platonic ideas, mysticism and importance. Includes bibliography and related links.
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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
Emanation
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

4. The Philosophy Of Plotinus
A concise systematic digest of plotinus thought. From the Radical Academy.
http://www.radicalacademy.com/philplotinus.htm
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5. The Internet Classics Archive | The Six Enneads By Plotinus
A translation of this major work by Stephen MacKenna and B.S. Page, hosted by the Internet Classics Archive at MIT.
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The Six Enneads
By Plotinus
Written 250 A.C.E.
Translated by Stephen Mackenna and B. S. Page The Six Enneads has been divided into the following sections:
The First Ennead
The Second Ennead The Third Ennead The Fourth Ennead ... The Sixth Ennead Download: A 1697k text-only version is available for download

6. Plotinus - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
plotinus (ca. AD 204/5–270) was a major philosopher of the ancient world who is widely considered the founder of Neoplatonism (along with his teacher Ammonius Saccas
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Plotinus Full name Plotinus Born
Lycopolis

Died
Campania

Era Ancient philosophy Region Western Philosophy School Neo-Platonism Main interests Platonism Metaphysics Mysticism Notable ideas The One Emanationism Henosis Nous Influenced by Ammonius Saccas Plato Numenius of Apamea Alexander of Aphrodisias , and Middle Platonism Pythagoreanism Persian philosophy Indian Philosophy Influenced Porphyry Iamblichus Julian Hypatia ... Bergson , and Christianity Gnosticism Renaissance Platonism Traditionalist School Part of a series on Neoplatonism Neoplatonism Theory of Forms
Form of the Good

Demiurge

Henosis
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hypostasis

Works Enneads De Mysteriis Aegyptiorum Liber de Causis Consolation of Philosophy ... De divisione naturae People Ammonius Saccas Plotinus disciples Origen Porphyry Iamblichus ... Cambridge Platonists Related Platonism Platonic Academy Middle Platonism Neoplatonism and Christianity ... e Plotinus Greek ) (ca. AD 204/5–270) was a major philosopher of the ancient world who is widely considered the founder of Neoplatonism (along with his teacher Ammonius Saccas ). Neoplatonism was an influential philosophy in

7. Neoplatonism [Internet Encyclopedia Of Philosophy]
Neoplatonism. Neoplatonism is a modern term used to designate the period of Platonic philosophy beginning with the work of plotinus and ending with the closing of the Platonic
http://www.iep.utm.edu/neoplato/
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Neoplatonism
Neoplatonism is a modern term used to designate the period of Platonic philosophy beginning with the work of Plotinus Gnosticism and the Hermetic tradition. A major factor in this syncretism, and one which had an immense influence on the development of Platonic thought, was the introduction of the Jewish Scriptures into Greek intellectual circles via the translation known as the Septuagint Timaeus Enneads
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  • What is Neoplatonism? Plotinian Neoplatonism
  • Contemplation and Creation Nature and Personality ... References and Further Reading
  • 1. What is Neoplatonism?
    Plotinus Plato Dialogues Neo Gnosticism and Christian Logos
    2. Plotinian Neoplatonism
    Plotinus , is responsible for the grand synthesis of progressive Christian and Gnostic ideas with the traditional Platonic philosophy. He answered the challenge of accounting for the emergence of a seemingly inferior and flawed cosmos from the perfect mind of the divinity by declaring outright that all objective existence is but the external self-expression of an inherently contemplative deity known as the One ( to hen ), or the Good (

    8. Plotinus [Internet Encyclopedia Of Philosophy]
    A look at various aspects of plotinus Neoplatonic system. Includes extensive suggestions for further reading.
    http://www.iep.utm.edu/p/plotinus.htm
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    Plotinus (204—270 CE)
    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 foundational elements: the One, the Intelligence, and the Soul. It is from the productive unity of these three Beings that all existence emanates, according to Plotinus. 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 Enneads
    Table of Contents
  • Life and Work Metaphysics and Cosmology
  • The One
  • Emanation and Multiplicity ... References and Further Reading
  • 1. Life and Work

    9. Plotinus: Against The Gnostics
    plotinus Against the Gnostics Against Those That Affirm the Creator of the Cosmos and the Cosmos Itself to Be Evil (Under Porphyry's numbering system, this essay is the ninth tractate
    http://thriceholy.net/Texts/Plotinus5.html
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    Against the Gnostics
    Against Those That Affirm the Creator of the Cosmos and the Cosmos Itself to Be Evil
    (Under Porphyry's numbering system, this essay is the ninth tractate of the Second Ennead 1. We have seen elsewhere that the Good, the Principle, is simplex, and, correspondingly, primal for the secondary can never be simplex that it contains nothing: that it is an integral Unity. Now the same Nature belongs to the Principle we know as The One. Just as the goodness of The Good is essential and not the outgrowth of some prior substance so the Unity of The One is its essential. Therefore: When we speak of The One and when we speak of The Good we must recognize an Identical Nature; we must affirm that they are the same not, it is true, as venturing any predication with regard to that [unknowable] Hypostasis but simply as indicating it to ourselves in the best terms we find. Even in calling it The First we mean no more than to express that it is the most absolutely simplex: it is the Self-Sufficing only in the sense that it is not of that compound nature which would make it dependent upon any constituent; it is the Self-Contained because everything contained in something alien must also exist by that alien. Deriving, then, from nothing alien, entering into nothing alien, in no way a made-up thing, there can be nothing above it.

    10. COLLOQUIUM PLOTINUS 204/205-2005 ~ MAIN
    Organized by Marin Balan and Cristian Ducu, hosted by Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. It contains some resources on plotinus, as well.
    http://www.hybris.ro/plotinus/
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    11. Plotinus
    A selection of articles related to plotinus plotinus Hindu Hinduism Dictionary on plotinus. plotinus Egyptian-born philosopher (205-270), one of the Western world's greatest known
    http://www.experiencefestival.com/plotinus

    12. Plotinus: Biography From Answers.com
    (born AD 205, Lyco, or Lycopolis, Egypt? — died 270, Campania) EgyptianRoman philosopher. At age 27 he traveled to Alexandria, where he studied philosophy for 11 years. In
    http://www.answers.com/topic/plotinus

    13. Plotinus Quotes
    plotinus God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things, though they are ignorant that he is so.
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/p/plotinus404258.html

    14. The One
    The One plotinus taught that Reality is an ontological gradation; that is, a gradation of levels of being. The highest reality, or First Principle, which plotinus called The One (
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    Plotinus taught that Reality is an ontological gradation; that is, a gradation of levels of being. The highest reality, or First Principle, which Plotinus called The One ( to hen ), is the most perfect and creative of all. "That [The One] which is eternally perfect is eternally productive. That which it produces [the Nous] is eternal too, though inferior to the generating principle..." In Plotinus' view, multiplicity is a fragmentation of the original Unity. Hence each stage of emanation is a descent into greater multiplicity, which means greater restriction, more needs, and the dispersion and weakening of the power of previous stages . Hence the Supreme principle must constitute the Negation of Duality, in other words, the One. And, in a manner that was very controversial to the Greeks, with their abhorrence of infinity, Plotinus describes the One as Formless, Unmeasured, and Infinite Plotinus was thus an early advocate in the West of what later came to be called Negative Theology, which says that words and conceptions can only tell us what the Absolute is not, no what it is. While to deny, for example, that the One is motion does not mean that it is rest, but rather that it is on a level where the duality of motion and rest does not apply In Indian mysticism Negative Theology goes back to the earliest Upanishads (mystical treatises, the oldest dating from the 7th and 8th Century B.C.E.), where it is said that Brahman (the Absolute) is

    15. Plotinus [Internet Encyclopedia Of Philosophy]
    plotinus (204—270 CE) plotinus is considered to be the founder of Neoplatonism. Taking his lead from his reading of Plato, plotinus developed a complex spiritual cosmology
    http://www.iep.utm.edu/plotinus/
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    Plotinus (204—270 CE)
    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 foundational elements: the One, the Intelligence, and the Soul. It is from the productive unity of these three Beings that all existence emanates, according to Plotinus. 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 Enneads
    Table of Contents
  • Life and Work Metaphysics and Cosmology
  • The One
  • Emanation and Multiplicity ... References and Further Reading
  • 1. Life and Work

    16. The Ecole Glossary
    plotinus. plotinus (c 203270 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
    http://ecole.evansville.edu/glossary/plotinus.html
    2007 Archive Edition - See the Archive Notice on the Project Homepage for more information. The Ecole Glossary
    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

    17. The Six Enneads
    The MacKenna-Page translation of this work, presented as a single text file.
    http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/plotinus-sixennea.txt

    18. Plotinus
    THE SYSTEM OF plotinus THIS series of articles is intended as a preliminary step for those who aspire to be disciples of the Master plotinus, to be inspired by his ardent spirit
    http://wisdomsgoldenrod.org/publications/misc/plotinus_outline.html
    " THE SYSTEM OF PLOTINUS " THIS series of articles is intended as a preliminary step for those who aspire to be disciples of the Master Plotinus, to be inspired by his ardent spirit, to share his clear insight and follow in his footsteps to the sublime experience of the finding of his own Soul. " It is the secret of the power of Plotinus .... that in him the mystic's impulse to the finding of his own Soul and the scientific impulse to criticize and understand experience are so completely united. There have been men in whom the power of metaphysical insight was as keen or keener than in Plotinus; there have been men who have lived the life of the mystic as intensely, if not more intensely. But there has perhaps never been another mystic who was so great a metaphysician, nor another metaphysician of equal power who lived so saintly a life with the same intensity." . . . " It is probably no exaggeration to say that as an acute psychological observer Plotinus has no equal in antiquity except his Master, Plato, and that very few modern psychologists have shown so true an eye for the facts of the intimate life of the Soul as either."-(" The Times, Lit. Sup., 27. 2. 1919.) In the " Enneads " of Plotinus, which are his sole literary work and were arranged by Porphyry, no comprehensive outline can be found of his System, hence a beginner may find difficulty at first in apprehending it as a whole. Perhaps the easiest mode of approaching it is to do so by way of the Soul Principle, for the Soul is the centre of our being, and so too is it the central principle in the System of Plotinus.

    19. Aesthetics - Plotinus
    plotinus. A main channel through whom Plato's ideas influenced the middle ages, plotinus (204270 CE) and his disciple Porphyry combined Plato's rationalism with mysticism to
    http://www.rowan.edu/open/philosop/clowney/Aesthetics/philos_artists_onart/ploti
    Plotinus
    A main channel through whom Plato's ideas influenced the middle ages, Plotinus (204-270 CE) and his disciple Porphyry combined Plato's rationalism with mysticism to produce a powerfully influential version of neo-Platonism. Plotinus' works were edited and collected by Porphyry into six books of nine chapters each, known as the Enneads (Greek for "The Nines"). Plato had suggested, in Book VI of the Republic , that the Form of the Good was supreme in the world of the Forms. In fact, he said, What gives truth to the objects of knowledge, and to the knowing mind the power to know, is the Form of the Good. As it is the cause of knowledge and truth, think of it also as being the object of knowledge. Both knowledge and truth are beautiful, but you will be right to think of the Good as other and more beautiful than they. As in the visible world light and sight are rightly considered sunlike, but it is wrong to think of them as the sun, so here it is right to think of knowledge and truth as Good-like, but wrong to think of either as the Good, for the Good must be honored even more than they. ... [A]s for the objects of knowledge, not only is their being known due to the Good, but also their real being, though the Good is not being but superior to and beyond being in dignity and power" ( Republic The Enneads contain a chapter on Beauty (I.6) which was highly influential in the Middle Ages. After considering other theories of what beauty is, Plotinus concludes that it is formal Unity. When diverse or similar parts are unified by one form, the Soul recognizes and takes pleasure in the form of Unity. This may happen when we view a painting or a sculpture, listen to a piece of music, or follow an elegant mathematical proof. In all these cases, we are drawn toward Unity, and the form of Beauty Itself. We must get there by stages: like people emerging from a dark cave into sunlight, we must become accustomed to the light. In the following passage, Plotinus combines ideas from Plato's allegory of the Cave with themes from the

    20. Plotinus [Internet Encyclopedia Of Philosophy]
    3rd century CE founder of Neo-Platonism.
    http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/p/plotinus.htm
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    Plotinus (204—270 CE)
    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 foundational elements: the One, the Intelligence, and the Soul. It is from the productive unity of these three Beings that all existence emanates, according to Plotinus. 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 Enneads
    Table of Contents
  • Life and Work Metaphysics and Cosmology
  • The One
  • Emanation and Multiplicity ... References and Further Reading
  • 1. Life and Work

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