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Break the Mirror

Creative Writing Prompt: Assume that the closest solar system is identical to ours in every which way. In the year 2050 you and a group of astronauts are sent off to visit its version of planet earth. Half ways there … Continue reading

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Solace – When All Lights Go Out

Few of us thoroughly consider the possibility of getting into a serious accident and how we might cope with such misfortune. Can you imagine yourself in a hospital bed for weeks on end without the full use of your body … Continue reading

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Who is Socrates?

Who is Socrates? THE PASSION OF THE WESTERN MIND Understanding the ideas that have shaped our world view. By Richard Tarnas Narrated by Jason Youngman  

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Plotinus – Ennead I.3 – Commentary

“In Plato’s time, dialectics was a debating technique subject to precise rules. A “thesis” was proposed-an interrogative proposition such as: Can virtue be taught? One of the two interlocutors attacked the thesis; the other defended it. The former attacked by … Continue reading

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Dialectic – The Most Precious Part of Philosophy

According to Plotinus the dialectic aids the philosopher in raising their soul to the Intellectual Realm (the Divine or Noetic Mind). Let’s compare a passage (which partly defines the dialectic) from 4 different translations so as to locate in particular what they have … Continue reading

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Plotinus – Ennead I.2 – Commentary

“The Civic Virtues…. are a principle of order and beauty in us as long as we remain passing our life here: they ennoble us by setting bound and measure to our desires and to our entire sensibility, and dispelling false … Continue reading

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Plotinus – Ennead I.I – Commentary

Know thyself: these were the words inscribed on the entrance to the Oracle of Delphi. Philosophia begins with this injunction and so Plotinus begins where we all must necessarily begin: with oneself. Click on the image above for commentary on … Continue reading

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Commentary on the Enneads of Plotinus

Join us for a chapter-by-chapter commentary on The Enneads of Plotinus. But first things first, we must seek to understand the philosophical foundation of this work.  Plotinus inquires into the nature of existence itself, rather than any of the various … Continue reading

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