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Works: 3,296 works in 8,320 publications in 8 languages and 108,945 library holdings
Genres: Autobiographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Other, Contributor, Actor, Dedicatee, Honoree
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 )

231 editions published between 1857 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 2,074 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 )

47 editions published between 1952 and 1990 in English and held by 1,559 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
Ennead II. 5 : on what is potentially and what actually by Plotinus( )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,089 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( )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 1,065 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."
Plotinus by Plotinus( Book )

in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 1,014 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
The essential Plotinus; representative treatises from the Enneads by Plótinos( Book )

30 editions published between 1964 and 2002 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 800 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. 8, On the descent of the soul into bodies by Plotinus( )

15 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead I.6 : on beauty by Plotinus( )

10 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ennead I.6 is probably the best known and most influential treatise of Plotinus, especially for Renaissance artists and thinkers. Although the title may suggest a work on aesthetics and thus of limited focus, this is far from the case. For it quickly becomes apparent that Plotinus' main interest is in transcendent beauty, which he identifies with the Good, the goal of all philosophical endeavor in the Platonist's search to assimilate himself with the divine. The treatise is at once a philosophical search for the nature of the divine and at the same time an encouragement to the individual to aspire to this goal by taking his start from the beauty which is experienced in this world; for it is an image of transcendent beauty. This upward movement of the treatise reflects throughout the speech of Socrates in Plato's Symposium in which he recounts the exhortation of the priestess Diotima to ascend from earthly to transcendent beauty, which for Plotinus is identified with the divine."
Ennead IV. 7 : on the immortality of the soul by Plotinus( )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ennead IV.7 is a very early treatise (second according to Porphyry’s chronological table), and unlike the many treatises devoted to attempts at untangling various issues Plotinus found problematic in Plato's thinking, this one presents the teachings of the other main schools current in Plotinus’ day: the Stoics, Epicureans, Pythagoreans, and Peripatetics, all of whom presented soul as something material or as contingent upon material soul, and so as being 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 (Chapters 1–83); on Pythagorean attunement (84); and on Peripatetic entelechy (85). In Chapters 9–10 Plotinus presents, in broad terms, Plato’s doctrines on soul’s immortality—mainly that of the individual soul, but a fortiori that of the soul of the cosmos. These chapters offer some of Plotinus’ most powerful prose. He is not concerned to prove the soul’s immortality—that was an uncontroversial tenet of Platonism, to be taken for granted. In this treatise Plotinus is laying down the indisputable foundations for his later writings."
Ennead II. 9 : against the gnostics by Plotinus( )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How was the universe created, and what is our place within it? These are the questions at the heart of Plotinus’ Against the Gnostics. For the Gnostics, the universe came into being as a result of the soul’s fall from intelligible reality—it is the evil outcome of a botched creation. Plotinus challenges this, and insists that the soul’s creation of the world is the necessary consequence of its contemplation of the ideal forms. While the Gnostics claim to despise the visible universe, Plotinus argues that such contempt displays their ignorance of the higher realities of which the cosmos is a beautiful image. Against the Gnostics is a polemical text. It aims to show the superiority of Plotinus’ philosophy over that of his Gnostic rivals, and poses unique challenges: Plotinus nowhere identifies his opponents by name, he does not set out their doctrines in any great detail, and his arguments are frequently elliptical. The detailed commentary provides a guide through these difficulties, making Plotinus’ meandering train of thought in this important treatise accessible to the reader."
Ennead I.1 : what is the living thing? what is man? by Plotinus( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 724 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 IV. 3-IV. 4.29 : problems concerning the soul? by Plotinus( )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ennead VI.8 : on the voluntary and on the free will of the one by Plotinus( )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ennead VI. 8 gives us access to the living mind of a long dead sage as he tries to answer some of the most fundamental questions we in the modern world continue to ask: are we really free when most of the time we are overwhelmed by compulsions, addictions, and necessities, and how can we know that we are free? Can we trace this freedom through our own agency to the gods, to the Soul, Intellect, and the Good? How do we know that the world is meaningful and not simply the result of chance or randomness? Plotinus' On the Voluntary and on the Free Will of the One is a groundbreaking work that provides a new understanding of the importance and nature of free human agency. It articulates a creative idea of agency and radical freedom by showing how such terms as desire, will, self-dependence, and freedom in the human ethical sphere can be genuinely applied to Intellect and the One while preserving the radical inability of all metaphysical language to express anything about God or gods." --Page 4 de la couverture
Ennead IV. 4.30-45 and IV. 5 : problems concerning the soul by Plotinus( )

12 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 597 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 Plotin( Book )

32 editions published between 1964 and 1987 in 4 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six Enneads, The by Plotinus( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plotins Schriften by Plotinus( Book )

53 editions published between 1930 and 1971 in 4 languages and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Select works of Plotinus by Plotinus( Book )

25 editions published between 1895 and 1994 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The One and its relation to intellect in Plotinus : a commentary on selected texts by John Bussanich( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Ennead II. 5 : on what is potentially and what actuallyEnnead VI. 4 and VI. 5, On the presence of being, one and the same, everywhere as a wholePlotinusThe essential Plotinus; representative treatises from the EnneadsEnnead V.1 : on the three primary levels of realityEnnead IV. 8, On the descent of the soul into bodiesEnnead I.6 : on beautyEnnead IV. 7 : on the immortality of the soul
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Aflūṭīn 205-270




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