Tag Archives: Plotinus

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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EUDAIMONIA – THE ART OF LETTING GO

Eudaimonia is often translated as happiness or well-being. The name itself suggests a spiritual component or orientation. My new year’s resolution for 2016 is to ask as many people as possible what they believe to be the common element of … 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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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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THE UNIVERSE AS A SINGLE HARMONY

The eerie sound of swords clash for worldly power, the fall of giants shake the earth blocking economic pathways and the roar of irrationalism as tidal waves suffocate the weak. Yet when we look to the heavens there is an … Continue reading

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