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The philosophy of Plotinus.

Emile BreМЃhier,

The philosophy of Plotinus.

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Published by University of Chicago Press in [Chicago] .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Plotinus

  • Edition Notes

    StatementTranslated by Joseph Thomas.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsB693.Z7 B713
    The Physical Object
    Pagination204 p.
    Number of Pages204
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL6250245M
    LC Control Number58011946

    It is claimed that Emperor Gallienusencouraged "the Plotinian school as a vanguard of a Hellenic revival. This unity must be numbered as first before all and can be apprehended only as solitary and self-existent. Dodds showed that key conceptions of Neo-Platonism could be traced from their origin in Plato's dialogues, through his immediate followers e. Considering this multifarious power, we declare it to be Essence in its relation to this sphere which is substratum or underlie to it; where we see life we think of it as Movement; where all is unvaried self-identity we call it Repose; and we know it as, at once, Difference and Identity when we recognize that all is unity with variety.

    There is of course one important reason for that: the identity between two philosophical doctrines, even when drawn from a comparison between pertinent texts on specific topics, cannot put aside the general nature of interpretation and the reality of influence. Once there is any manifold, there must be a precedent unity: since any intellection implies multiplicity in the intellective subject, the non-multiple must be without intellection; that non-multiple will be the First: intellection and the Intellectual-Principle must be characteristic of beings coming later. When this occurs, the form, in the artist's mind, which is derived from intellect and ultimately from the one, is given some visible expression. Under this assumption, any deviations from what was at least consistent with Christian theology could be viewed as a defect perpetrated by a wayward pagan.

    Michaud only briefly touches on the connection between Cudworth's daughter and John Locke who through her came to know Smith's work. Lastly, this unchangeable Repose in unity is a predicate asserted of Eternity, which, therefore, is not itself Repose, the absolute, but a participant in Repose. It is so with this faculty of the Soul, when it produces the Cosmos known to sense — the mimic of the Divine Sphere, moving not in the very movement of the Divine but in its similitude, in an effort to reproduce that of the Divine. Specifically, the self-reflexivity of consciousness in thinking could not be supervenient on a materialistic foundation. One did not enter an ancient philosophical school to take courses and obtain a degree but rather to join in what might well be a lifelong cooperative following of the way to truth, goodness, and the ultimate liberation of the spirit.


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The philosophy of Plotinus. book

In the imposition, the artist turns his materials into something other than what they were, makes them into a new form: this attainment comes from within the artist, who is capable of adding where nature is lacking.

Accepting this as a true account of an eternal, a perdurable Existent — one which never turns to any Kind outside itself, that possesses life complete once for all, that has never received any accession, that is now receiving none and will never receive any — we have, with the statement of a perduring Being, the statement also of perdurance and of Eternity: per- durance is the corresponding state arising from the [divine] substratum and inherent in it; Eternity [the Principle as distinguished from the property of everlastingness] is that substratum carrying that state in manifestation.

Take a man walking and observe the advance he has made; that advance gives you the quantity of movement he is employing: and when you know that quantity — represented by the ground traversed by his feet, for, of course, we are supposing the bodily movement to correspond with the pace he has set within himself — you know also the movement that exists in the man himself before the feet move.

Following Plotinus, Smith recognizes that the proof of the immateriality of the soul must precede any proof of its immortality. This means that the measure of the Spheric Movement has itself been measured by a definite stretch of that Movement and therefore is something different; as measure, it is one thing and, as the measured, it is another; [its being measure or] its being measured cannot be of its essence.

We do not make this journey physically, but with our minds. Plotinus, using a venerable analogy that would become crucial for the largely Neoplatonic metaphysics of developed Christian thought, likens the One to the Sun which emanates light indiscriminately without thereby diminishing itself, or reflection in a mirror which in no way diminishes or otherwise alters the object being reflected.

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And yet Schelling could not reconcile the Plotinian first principle of all with the Absolute understood in a Christian context. And this is why Time can never be broken apart, any more than Eternity which, similarly, under diverse manifestations, has its Being as an integral constituent of all the eternal Existences.

But as Plotinus insisted, Aristotle was wrong to identify the first principle of all with Intellect, since Intellect is not absolutely simple. For the same reason that in the army the bravest men are assigned to the hazardous tasks.

This last argument summarizes the whole discussion, since Plato and Plotinus hold firmly that there is a scale of kinds or degrees of knowledge, The philosophy of Plotinus. book in a supra-dialectical kind.

Thus no ground is left for its existence but that it be what it is. Thus we come to the definition: the Life — instantaneously entire, complete, at no point broken into period or part — which belongs to the Authentic Existent by its very existence, this is the thing we were probing for — this is Eternity.

To the notion of a Life a Living- Principle all-comprehensive add that it never spends itself, and we have the statement of a Life instantaneously infinite. That a Greek philosopher, especially at this period, should be interested in Eastern thought is not extraordinary.

The numbers in square brackets before the individual works refer to the chronological order they were written according to Porphyry's Life of Plotinus. Or: we may take the decade and think of it, apart from the horses or cows, as a pure number; this gives us a measure which, even though not actually applied, has a definite nature.

In one aspect, no doubt, Eternity resides in a partial phase of the All-Being; but in an- other aspect it is inherent in the All taken as a totality, since that Authentic All is not a thing patched up out of external parts, but is authentically an all because its parts are engendered by itself.

Once there is any manifold, there must be a precedent unity: since any intellection implies multiplicity in the intellective subject, the non-multiple must be without intellection; that non-multiple will be the First: intellection and the Intellectual-Principle must be characteristic of beings coming later.

We are brought thus to the conception of a Natural-Principle — Time — a certain expanse [a quantitative phase] of the Life of the Soul, a principle moving forward by smooth and uniform changes following silently upon each other — a Principle, then, whose Act is sequent.

According to Porphyry, Plotinus never spoke about his parents, his race, or his country. The self-intellection is not deliberate: it sees itself as an incident in its contemplation of The Good; for it sees itself in virtue of its Act; and, in all that exists, the Act is towards The Good.

Plotinus argues instead that the multiple cannot exist without the simple. This principle is the primary intellective since there can be no intellection without duality in unity.

And people should not think they can get the one without the passport of moral virtue.The greatest of the Neoplatonic philosophers, Plotinus taught a system of thought that would dominate later Greek philosophy and influence both Christian and Islamic ideology.

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