Plotinus (204/5-270 CE) was the first and greatest of Neoplatonic philosophers. 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).
Plotinus 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 Neopythagoreans, with some influences from Aristotle and his followers and the Stoics, whose writings he knew well but used critically. He is a unique combination of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. 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.
In his acclaimed edition of Plotinus, Armstrong provides excellent introductions to each treatise. His invaluable notes explain obscure passages and give reference to parallels in Plotinus and others.
- preface vii
- sigla ix
- ordo enneadvm, ordo chronologivs x
- 1. . On the Essence of the Soul I 7
- 2. . On the Essence of the Soul II 20
- 3. On Difficulties about the Soul I 32
- 4. On Difficulties about the Soul II 136
- 5. On Difficulties about the Soul III, or On Sight 280
- 6. On Sense-Perception and Memory 317
- 7. On the Immortality of the Soul 335
- 8. On the Descent of the Soul into Bodies 393
- 9. If All Souls Are One 425
- Volume I LCL 440
- Volume II LCL 441
- Volume III LCL 442
- Volume V LCL 444
- Volume VI LCL 445
- Volume VII LCL 468