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Plotinus or the Simplicity of Vision

ISBN-10: 0226311945
ISBN-13: 9780226311944
Edition: 1998
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Description: Since its original publication in France in 1963, Pierre Hadot's lively philosophical portrait of Plotinus remains the preeminent introduction to the man and his thought. Michael Chase's lucid translation--complete with a useful chronology and  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Since its original publication in France in 1963, Pierre Hadot's lively philosophical portrait of Plotinus remains the preeminent introduction to the man and his thought. Michael Chase's lucid translation--complete with a useful chronology and analytical bibliography--at last makes this book available to the English-speaking world. Hadot carefully examines Plotinus's views on the self, existence, love, virtue, gentleness, and solitude. He shows that Plotinus, like other philosophers of his day, believed that Plato and Aristotle had already articulated the essential truths; for him, the purpose of practicing philosophy was not to profess new truths but to engage in spiritual exercises so as to live philosophically. Seen in this light, Plotinus's counsel against fixation on the body and all earthly matters stemmed not from disgust or fear, but rather from his awareness of the negative effect that bodily preoccupation and material concern could have on spiritual exercises.

Pierre Hadot was Professor Emeritus, Collège de France. His books include Philosophy as a Way of Life and Plotinus.

Translator's Preface
Abbreviations Used in References
Introduction: Reading Hadot Reading Plotinus
Portrait
Levels of the Self
Presence
Love
Virtues
Gentleness
Solitude Postface to the Third Edition Chronological Biography Analytical
Bibliography
References
Index of Plotinian
Quotations
Index

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