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Plotinus-Enneads

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Plotinus (ca. CE 204/5–270) was a major philosopher of the ancient world. In his system of theory there are the three principles: the One, the Intellect, and the Soul.[1] His teacher was Ammonius Saccas and he is of the Platonic tradition.
Plotinus (ca. CE 204/5–270) was a major philosopher of the ancient world. In his system of theory there are the three principles: the One, the Intellect, and the Soul.[1] His teacher was Ammonius Saccas and he is of the Platonic tradition.

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Plotinus: Enneads
notes written in the period of 253-270 A.D.
compiled and edited by his pupil Porphyry
 
Preface to the electronic edition
It is with great satisfaction that I present to you this electronic edition of thegreat philosopher Plotinus. His Enneads, compiled by his student Porphyry, has exerted a considerable influence on Western civilization, including our presenttime. Plotinus himself was taught byAmmonius Saccas, the "theodidactos", orGod-taught philosopher in Alexandria who brought several philosophicalsystems together in his Neo-Platonic School.'They called themselves "Philalethians" -- lovers of the truth; while otherstermed them the "Analogists," on account of their method of interpreting allsacred legends, symbolical myths and mysteries, by a rule of analogy orcorrespondence. ' as indeed one can find in the writings of Porphyry. "Ammonius' chief object ... was to extract from the various religious teachings,as from a many-chorded instrument, one full and harmonious melody, whichwould find response in every truth-loving heart". The central idea of his eclectictheosophical school was that of a "single Supreme Essence, Unknown and
Unknowable". (quotes from this article)
As regards the Divine essence and the nature of the soul and spirit, moderntheosophical schools believe now as Ammonius' Ancient School did.Much of what Plotinus writes undoubtedly has its source in the above mentionedSchool. He was also influenced by the Stoics, and other philosophers. In his Enneads he treats of the following topics:First Ennead: Human or ethical topics;Second and Third Enneads: cosmological subjects or physical reality;Fourth Ennead: about the Soul;Fifth Ennead: knowledge and intelligible reality;Sixth Ennead: Being and what is above it, the One or first principle of all.
 May the light of the Enneads permeate your soul

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