By A. H. Armstrong, Plotinus
Plotinus (204/5-270 CE) was once the 1st and maximum of Neoplatonic philosophers. His writings have been edited via his disciple Porphyry, who released them a long time after his master's demise in six units of 9 treatises each one (the Enneads).
Plotinus looked 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 different mixture of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. His proposal ruled later Greek philosophy and prompted either Christians and Moslems, and remains to be alive this present day as a result of its union of rationality and severe spiritual event.
In his acclaimed variation of Plotinus, Armstrong offers very good introductions to every treatise. His useful notes clarify imprecise passages and provides connection with parallels in Plotinus and others.
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