2. Histoire du droit des Pays-Bas, de la Belgique et de l'Allemagne
2. Aperçu systématique du droit civil de Metz
An Analytical Commentary
Amazing as it may be, to this day few commentaries on the treatises of Plotinus' Enneads are written. The classic ninth treatise (VI,9 in Porphyrius' order), for example, has hardly been studied. This treatise, however, is of vital importance, because it is in this work that for the first time in the Enneads, the One in its superform emerges and Plotinus dwells on the remarkable phenomenon of a 'mystical union' of the soul with the One. A thorough analysis of the argument and its development next to philosophical and philo-logical support will be welcome to any reader of this in-triguing but difficult treatise. These aims are pursued in the main part of Meijer's work, the commentary. The first part of the book, preceding the commentary, examines the philosophical history of the concept of the One and its status in the first eight treatises. This new approach to the problem of the One leads to striking conclusions. It appears that while Plotinus was writing these first eight treatises, the concept of the One developed from that of a Supreme Entity of a Mesoplatonian character, viz. the upper part of the mind, to One of a Superone above mind. This casts an entirely new light on the position of the One in Plotinus and that of the ninth treatise itself. The third part not only examines the mystical union as pictured in the ninth treatise, but also provides a full scale discussion of Plotinus' descriptions of this union in his en-tire work. The degree of unification, viz. the question whether a part of the mystic self remains intact during the unification, is a matter of vigorous scholarly debate. Meijer shows that, in spite of some inconsistencies in his doctrine about the union, one must accept that Plotinus basically considered the union as a complete absorption of the soul into the Supreme Entity.
1. Les pays alpins
The Guardian-of-the-Faithful Community of Mea Shearim
Although much has been written about the philosophy of Hasidism, the same cannot be said of the daily practice of Hasidic life. In this respect the present study forms an exception as it is an ethnographic account of a Hasidic group in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem. Many topics are dealt with, such as religious and political attitudes, family life, community organisations, social stratification, view of the world, relations with the outside world and religious leadership. A central theme is the ascetic lifestyle of the Hasidim. A short introductory chapter is devoted to the anthropology of religion in which the meaning of the Hasidic concept of religion is explained.