The Ascent of the Soul as Spiritual Exercise in Plotinus’ Enneads

In: Mnemosyne
View More View Less
  • 1
  • | 2

Purchase instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):

€29.95$34.95

Abstract

The purpose of the article is to demonstrate that the ascent of the soul as one of the fundamental spiritual exercises in Plotinus’ philosophy can be approached from three perspectives: anabatic proper, aphaeretic and agnoetic. All of them are based on the hierarchical structure of knowledge and being in Plotinus’ philosophy, but they differ in details. The methods are reconstructed on the basis of the analysis of selected passages from the Enneads.

  • Armstrong, A.H., ed. (1966-1988). Plotinus, Enneads. (7 vols). Cambridge, MA/London.

  • Armstrong, A.H. (1967). The Architecture of the Intelligible Universe in the Philosophy of Plotinus. An Analytical and Historical Study. Cambridge.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Armstrong, A.H. (1973). Elements in the Thought of Plotinus at Variance with Classical Intellectualism. JHS 93, pp. 13-22.

  • Arnou, R. (1967). Le désir de Dieu dans la philosophie de Plotin. Rome.

  • Aubry, G. (2014). Metaphysics of Soul and Self in Plotinus. In: P. Remes and S. Slaveva- Griffin, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Neoplatonism, London, pp. 310-322.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Baladi, N. (1970). La pensée de Plotin. Paris.

  • Banner, N. (2018). Philosophic Silence and the ‘One’ in Plotinus. Cambridge.

  • Blumenthal, H.J. (1971). Plotinus’ Psychology. The Hague.

  • Blumenthal, H.J. (1996). On Soul and Intellect. In: L.P. Gerson, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Plotinus, Cambridge, pp. 82-104.

  • Bréhier, E. (1928). La philosophie de Plotin. Paris.

  • Bussanich, J. (1996). Plotinus’s Metaphysics of the One. In: L.P. Gerson, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Plotinus, Cambridge, pp. 38-65.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Carabine, D. (1995). The Unknown God. Negative Theology in the Platonic Tradition, Plato to Eriugena. Louvain.

  • Cilento, V., (1949). Plotino, Enneadi, Vol. 3.2: Commentario critico di Enn. V e VI. Bari.

  • Clark, R.L.S. (2016). Plotinus. Myth, Metaphor, and Philosophical Practice. Chicago.

  • Collette, B. (2002). Dialectique et hénologie chez Plotin. Paris.

  • Deck, J.N. (1967). Nature, Contemplation, and the One. A Study in the Philosophy of Plotinus. Toronto.

  • Dillon, J., ed. (2002). Alcinous, The Handbook of Platonism. Oxford.

  • Dodds, E.R. (1960). Tradition and Personal Achievement in the Philosophy of Plotinus. JRS 50, 1, pp. 1-7.

  • Dombrowski, D.A. (1987). Asceticism as Athletic Training in Plotinus. ANRW 2.36.1, pp. 701-712.

  • Forman, R.K.C. (1990). The Problem of Pure Consciousness. Mysticism and Philosophy. New York.

  • Foucault, M. (2005). The Hermeneutics of the Subject. Lectures at the Collège de France, 1981-1982. New York.

  • Gerson, L.P. (2005). Aristotle and Other Platonists. Ithaca.

  • Guérard, C. (1984). La théologie négative dans l’apophatisme grec. RSPh 68, pp. 183-200.

  • Hadot, P. (1987). Exercices spirituels et philosophie antique. Paris.

  • Hadot, P. (1992). La citadelle intérieure. Introduction aux Pensées de Marc Aurèle. Paris.

  • Hadot, P. (1995). Que’est-ce que la philosophie antique? Paris.

  • Hutchinson, D.M. (2018). Plotinus on Consciousness. Cambridge.

  • Krakowski, E. (1933). Plotin et le paganisme religieux. Paris.

  • Lacrosse, J. (1994). L’amour chez Plotin. Érôs hénologique, érôs noétique, érôs psychique. Brussels.

  • Lear, J. (1982). Aristotle’s Philosophy of Mathematics. PhR 91.2, pp. 161-192.

  • Lloyd, A.C. (1986). Non-propositional Thought in Plotinus. Phronesis 31.3, pp. 258-265.

  • Moreau, J. (1970). Plotin ou la gloire de la philosophie antique. Paris.

  • Mortley, R. (1975). Negative Theology and Abstraction in Plotinus. AJPh 96, pp. 363-377.

  • Mortley, R. (2013). Plotinus, Self, and the World. Cambridge.

  • Mossé-Bastide, R.-M. (1972). La pensée philosophique de Plotin. Paris.

  • Nussbaum, M.C. (1994). The Therapy of Desire. Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics. Princeton.

  • O’Meara, D.J. (1993). Plotinus. An Introduction to the Enneads. Oxford.

  • Pollet, G., and Sleeman, J.H. (1980). Lexicon plotinianum. Leiden.

  • Rabbow, P. (1954). Seelenführung. Methodik der Exerzitien in der Antike. Munich.

  • Rappe, S. (1996). Self-knowledge and Subjectivity in the Enneads. In: L.P. Gerson, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Plotinus, Cambridge, pp. 250-274.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Rappe, S. (2000). Reading Neoplatonism. Non-discursive Thinking in the Texts of Plotinus, Proclus, and Damascius. Cambridge.

  • Remes, P. (2007). Plotinus on the Self. The Philosophy of the “We”. Cambridge.

  • Rist, J.M. (1967). Plotinus. The Road to Reality. Cambridge.

  • Sellars, J. (2003). The Art of Living. The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy. Burlington.

  • Sells, M. (1985). Apophasis in Plotinus. A Critical Approach. HThR 78.1-2, pp. 47-65.

  • Sells, M. (1994). Mystical Languages of Unsaying. Chicago.

  • Sorabji, R. (2006). Self. Ancient and Modern Insights About Individuality, Life, and Death. Chicago.

  • Stock, B. (2010). Augustine’s Inner Dialogue. The Philosophical Soliloquy in Late Antiquity. Cambridge.

  • Stróżyński, M. (2008). Mystical Experience and Philosophical Discourse in Plotinus. Poznań.

  • Stróżyński, M. (2014). The Aporetic Method in Plotinus’ Enneads. Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium Graecae et Latinae 24.1, pp. 17-31.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Summerell, O., and Zimmer, T., eds. (2007). Alkinoos, Didaskalikos. Lehrbuch der Grundsätze Platons. Berlin.

  • Trouillard, J. (1955). La purification plotinienne. Paris.

  • Violette, R. (1994). Les formes de la conscience chez Plotin. REG 107.1, pp. 222-237.

  • Wakoff, M. (2015). Awaiting the Sun. A Plotinian Form of Contemplative Prayer. In: J.M. Dillon and A. Timotin, eds., Platonic Theories of Prayer, Leiden, pp. 73-87.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Warren, E.W. (1964). Consciousness in Plotinus. Phronesis 9.2, pp. 83-97.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 24 24 24
Full Text Views 0 0 0
PDF Views & Downloads 1 1 1