Tag Archives: Enneads

SUICIDE – On going out of the body

“When he was on the point of death… he said, ‘Try to bring back the god in us to the divine in the All!’ and, as a snake crept under the bed on which he was lying and disappeared into … Continue reading

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ON BEAUTY – To see with the soul’s sight

Commentary on Ennead I – Tractate 6 – On Beauty. “Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts … Continue reading

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(Updated) BEING IN TIMELESSNESS – An Eternal Present

WELL-BEING AND THE EXTENSION OF TIME We discover in this tractate that Well-Being resides in an actual present state and not in memory or anticipation, the past or the future. For Plotinus, well-being is rooted in the upper soul, therefore … Continue reading

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ON WELL BEING – Rooted in the Good Itself

In this tractate Plotinus presents how we are to live well and reach our true good. Despite the present & more popular notion of living well, which has come to be associated with power & wealth, he takes the higher … Continue reading

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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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Plotinus – On the Intelligible Beauty

Rekindling Plotinus’ work on the Intelligible Beauty with art and music. “Since we say that the person who has come into contemplation of the intelligible world, and  understood the beauty of the true intellect, will also be able to form … Continue reading

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On Surrendering the Soul

“But in proportion as the soul goes towards the formless, since it is utterly unable to comprehend it because it is not delimited and, so to speak, stamped by a richly varied stamp, it slides away and is afraid that … Continue reading

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