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Works: 3,219 works in 7,833 publications in 10 languages and 98,947 library holdings
Genres: Autobiographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Other, Dedicatee
Classifications: B693.E53, 186.4
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Most widely held works about Plotinus
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Most widely held works by Plotinus
The enneads by Plotinus( Book )

281 editions published between 1855 and 2019 in 8 languages and held by 2,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Enneads bring together Platonism, mystic passion and ideas from Greek philosophy, together with striking variants of the Trinity and other central Christian doctrines, to produce a highly original synthesis. Yet despite the profundity of his thought, and his immense influence on mystics and religious writers, Plotinus (AD 204-70) remained largely inaccessible. What was desperately needed, suggest John Dillon in his Biographical Sketch, was 'an interpretative translation, which would boldly tease out all the nuances of Plotinus' crabbed and condensed language, and reproduce it in English of proper nobility'. Such is precisely the achievement of Stephen MacKenna; his book ranks with the greatest translations of the twentieth century
The six Enneads. by Plotinus( Book )

45 editions published between 1952 and 1990 in English and held by 1,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Six Enneads ... is the collection of writings of Plotinus, edited and compiled by his student Porphyry (c. 270 AD). Plotinus was a student of Ammonius Saccas and they were founders of Neoplatonism. His work, through Augustine of Hippo, the Cappadocian Fathers, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite and several subsequent Christian and Muslim thinkers, has greatly influenced Western and Near-Eastern thought."--Wikipedia
Plotinus by Plotinus( Book )

6 editions published in 1978 in 3 languages and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PLOTINUS (A.D. 204/5-270), possibly of Roman descent, but certainly a Greek in education and environment, was the first and greatest of Neoplatonic philosophers. Practically nothing is known of his early life, but at the age of 28 he came to Alexandria, and studied philosophy with Ammonius 'Saccas' for 11 years. Wishing to learn the philosophy of the Persians and Indians he joined the expedition of Gordian III against the Persians in 243, not without subsequent danger. Aged 40 he came to Rome and taught philosophy there till shortly before his death. In 253 he began to write and continued to do so till the last year of his life. His writings were edited by his disciple Porphyry, who published them many years after his master's death in six sets of nine treatises each (the Enneads). He regarded Plato as his master, and his own philosophy is a profoundly original development of the Platonism of the first two centuries of the Christian era and the closely related thought of the Neophthagoreans, with some influences from Aristotle and his followers and the Stoics, whose writings he knew well but used critically. There is no real trace of Oriental influence on his thought, and he was passionately opposed to Gnosticism. He is a unique combination of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. He was deeply respected by many members of the Roman aristocracy and a personal friend of the Emperor Gallienus and his wife. He devoted much of his time to the care of orphan children to whom he had been appointed guardian. But before his death his circle of friends had broken up, and he died alone except for his faithful friend and doctor Eustochius. His thought dominated later Greek philosophy and influenced both Christians and Moslems, and is still alive today because of its union of rationality and intense religious experience
Ennead II. 5 : on what is potentially and what actually by Plotinus( )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead VI. 4 and VI. 5, On the presence of being, one and the same, everywhere as a whole by Plotinus( )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead VI. 4-5, originally written as a single treatise, contains Plotinus' most general and sustained exposition of the relationship between the intelligible and the sensible realms, addressing and coalescing two central issues in Platonism: the nature of the soul-body relationship and the nature of participation. Its main question is, How can soul animate bodies without sharing their extension? The treatise seems to have had considerable impact: it is much reflected in Porphyry's important work, Sententiae, and the doctrine of reception according to the capacity of the recipient, for which this treatise is the main source, resonated in medieval thinkers
The essential Plotinus; representative treatises from the Enneads by Plotinus( Book )

30 editions published between 1964 and 2002 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead IV. 8, On the descent of the soul into bodies by Plotinus( )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead V.1 : on the three primary levels of reality by Plotinus( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Plotinus' Treatise V.1 comes closer than any other to providing an outline of his entire spiritual and metaphysical system, and as such it may serve to some degree as an introduction to his philosophy. It addresses in condensed form a great many topics to which Plotinus elsewhere devotes extended discussion, including the problem of the multiple self; etermity and time; the unity-in-duality of intellect and the intelligible; and the derivation of intelligible being from the One."
Ennead IV. 7 : on the immortality of the soul by Plotinus( )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead IV. 7 is a very early treatise, where Plotinus presents the teachings of the main schools current in his day: the Stoics, Epicureans, Pythagoreans, and Peripatetics, all of whom presented soul as something material and neither truly immortal nor imperishable. It includes observations on many mainly Stoic doctrines on perception, memory, sensation, thought, virtue, powers of material bodies, mixture and reproduction; on Pythagorean attunement; and on Peripatetic entelechy. In Chapters 9-10 Plotinus presents Plato's doctrines on soul's immortality-mainly that of the individual soul, but a
Ennead I.6 : on beauty by Plotinus( )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead II. 9 : against the gnostics by Plotinus( )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead by Plotinus( )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead I.1 : what is the living thing? what is man? by Plotinus( )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead I.1 is a succinct and concentrated analysis of key themes in Plotinus' psychology and ethics. It focuses on the soul-body relation, discussing various Platonic, Aristotelian, and Stoic views before arguing that there is only a soul-trace in the body (forming with the body a "compound"), while the reasoning soul itself is impassive and flawless. The soul-trace hypothesis is used to account for human emotions, beliefs, and perceptions, and human fallibility in general. Its problematic relation to our rational powers, as well as the question of moral responsibility, are explored. Plotinus develops his original and characteristic concept of the self or "we," which is so called because it is investigated as something common to all humans (rather than a private individual self), and because it is multiple, referring to the reasoning soul or to the "living thing" composed of soul-trace and body. Plotinus explores the relation between the "we" and consciousness, and also its relation to the higher metaphysical entities, the Good, and Intellect. --!c From back cover
Ennead VI.8 : on the voluntary and on the free will of the one by Plotinus( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead IV. 4.30-45 and IV. 5 : problems concerning the soul by Plotinus( )

11 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead IV.4.30-45 and IV.5 retrieves the unity in this last section of Plotinus' treatise on Problems concerning the Soul. Combining translation with commentary, Gurtler enhances both the accuracy of the translation and the recovery of Plotinus' often unsuspected originality. This is especially true for IV.5, where previous translations fail to convey the concise nature of his argument against both the Aristotelian and Platonic theories of vision. Plato and Aristotle each claim that vision depends on the light between the eye and the object, but Plotinus presents evidence that this is not the case and develops a novel theory of light as a second activity that moves from source to object directly, even arguing that color is in the light itself rather than merely a quality of the object. This theory of vision, in turn, depends on the nature of sympathy developed especially in IV.4.30-45, where Plotinus shows how action at a distance is both possible and necessary for the proper unity in diversity of the sensible cosmos
Plotini opera by Plotinus( Book )

28 editions published between 1964 and 1987 in 4 languages and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six Enneads, The by Plotinus( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An essay on the beautiful by Plotinus( )

30 editions published between 1792 and 2018 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Select works of Plotinus by Plotinus( Book )

25 editions published between 1895 and 1994 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plotini Opera by Plotinus( Book )

15 editions published between 1951 and 1959 in 7 languages and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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PlotinusThe essential Plotinus; representative treatises from the EnneadsPlotini operaAn essay on the beautifulSelect works of PlotinusPlotinus and the presocratics : a philosophical study of presocratic influences in Plotinus' EnneadsSaint Augustine & the fall of the soul : beyond O'Connell & his critics
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