Plotinus (c. 204/5 – 270)| Eneads | Platonism

Plotinus (c. 204-270) is often accredited as the founder of Neo-Platonism. In an attempt to revive Platonic thought, this 3rd century philosopher and mystic wrote about issues such as virtue, happiness, reason, body, and soul, with Plato's philosophy as his guide. Plotinus located the source of creation in a supreme ‘One’. Plotinus believed this "One" transcended being, non-being, multiplicity and

The First Ennead 1 Book . The Animate and the Man. 2 Book . On Virtue. 3 Book . On Dialectice [The Upward Way]. 4 Book . On True Happiness. 5 Book . Happines and Extension of Time. 6 Book . Beauty. 7 Book . On the Primal Good and Secondary Forms of Good [Other, on “On Happiness”]. 8 Book . On the Nature and Source of Evil. 9 Book . “The Reasoned Dismissal”.

The Second Ennead 1 Book . On the Cosmos or on the Heavenly System 2 Book . The Heavenly Circuit. 3 Book . Are the Stars Causes?. 4 Book . Matter in Its Two Kinds. 5 Book . On Potentiality and Actuality. 6 Book . Quality and Form-Idea. 7 Book . On Complete Transfusion. 8 Book . Why Distant Objects

The Third Ennead 1 Book . Fate. 2 Book . On Providence (1). 3 Book . On Providence (2). 4 Book . Our Tutelary Spirit. 5 Book . On Love. 6 Book . The Impassivity of the Unembodied. 7 Book . Time and Eternity. 8 Book . Nature Contemplation and The One. 9 Book . Detached Considerations.

The Fourth Ennead 1 Book . On the Essence of the Soul (l). 2 Book . On the Essence of the Soul (2). 3 Book . Problems of the Soul (1). 4 Book . Problems of the Soul (2). 5 Book . Problems of the Soul (3). 6 Book . Perception and Memory. 7 Book . The Immortality of the Soul. 8 Book . The Soul’s Descent into Body. 9 Book . Are All Souls One?

The Fifth Ennead 1 Book . The Three Initial Hypostases. 2 Book . The Origin and Order of the Beings. Following on the First. 3 Book . The Knowing Hypostates and the Transcendent. 4 Book . How the Secondaries Rise from the First: and on The One. 5 Book . That the Intellectual Beings Are Not Outside the Intellectual Principle:

The Sixth Ennead 1 Book . On the Kinds of Being (1). 2 Book . On the Kinds of Being (2). 3 Book . On the Kinds of Being (3). 4 Book . On the Integral Omnipresence of the Authentic Existent (1). 5 Book . On the Integral Omnipresence of the Authentic Existent (2). 6 Book . On Numbers. 7

Book 1 The Animate and the Man 1. Pleasure and distress, fear and courage, desire and aversion, where these affections and experiences have their seat? Clearly, either in the Soul alone, or in the Soul as employing the body, or in some third entity deriving from both. And for this third entity, again, there are two possible modes: it might

Book 2 On Virtue 1. Since Evil is here, “haunting this world by necessary law,” and it is the Soul’s design to escape from Evil, we must escape hence. But what is this escape? “In attaining Likeness to God,” we read. And this is explained as “becoming just and holy, living by wisdom,” the entire nature grounded in Virtue. But

Book 3 On Dialectic [The Upward Way] 1. What art is there, what method, what discipline to bring us there where we must go? The Term at which we must arrive we may take as agreed: we have established elsewhere, by many considerations, that our journey is to the Good, to the Primal-Principle; and, indeed, the very reasoning which discovered