Plotinus on Love: An Introduction to His Metaphysics through the Concept of Eros


Winner of the 2021 Outstanding Academic Titles award in Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

Plotinus' metaphysics is often portrayed as comprising two movements: the derivation of all reality from a single source, the One, and the return of the individual soul to it. Alberto Bertozzi argues that love is the origin, culmination, and regulative force of this double movement. The One is both the self-loving source of the derivation and articulation of all reality in levels of unity and love and the ultimate goal of the longing of the soul, whose return to its source is a gradual transformation of the love it originally received from the One. Touching on virtually all major concepts of Plotinus' philosophy, Plotinus on Love is at once an investigation of a lesser-studied Plotinian theme and an introduction to his metaphysics.

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Alberto Bertozzi received his Ph.D. in 2012 from Loyola University Chicago, where he is Lecturer of Philosophy.
"In Plotinus on Love, Bertozzi (Loyola Univ. Chicago) presents the most thorough account of Plotinus’s metaphysics to be published since Pierre Hadot’s Plotinus, or, The Simplicity of Vision (1993). Modestly subtitled "an introduction," Bertozzi's book is actually a tour de force of primary source textual analysis, coupled with a deep dive into the relevant scholarship." - J. G. Moore, Lander University, in: Choice, October 2021.
As a study on love in Plotinus, for advanced students of Neoplatonism; as an introduction to Plotinus' thought, for readers in other areas of philosophy and fields of study.
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