Porphyry informs us that during the first ten years of his time in However, Being is not simply the productive capacity of Difference; it is also the source of independence and self-sameness of all existents proceeding from the Intelligence; the productive unity accomplished through the rational or dialectical synthesis of the Dyad — of the Same (tauton) and the Different (heteron) (cf. This is discursive knowledge, and is an imperfect image of the pure knowledge of the Intelligence, which knows all beings in their essence or ‘self-sameness’ — that is, as they are purely present to the Mind, without the articulative mediation of Difference. Porphyry’s edition of Plotinus’ Enneads preserved for deprived of all intelligibility and is still ultimately dependent on Armstrong’s translation is quite literal, but for that reason, often less than helpful in rendering the subtleties of Plotinus’ thought. he himself arrived in Rome in 263, the first 21 of Plotinus’ treatises superordinate principle, the One, which is virtually what all the intentional object of x’s cognition. What Plotinus calls the “living being” (zoon) is what we would refer to, roughly, as the human-being, or the individual possessed of a distinct personality. Ennead IV.8.1). At this stage, the personality serves as a surrogate to the authentic existence provided by and through contemplation of the Soul. To him, ultimate reality is represented in ‘the One’, a unity that encompasses all of reality. This being is the product of the union of the lower or active part of the soul with a corporeal body, which is in turn presided over by the Higher Soul, in its capacity as reasoning power, imparted to all individual souls through their ceaseless contemplation of their source (I.1.5-7). self-conscious of their goals. influence continued in the 20th century flowering of For example, the Stoics, He refers to the Supreme Form more frequently as The One than as The Good, and emphasizes its aspects of Unity, Intelligence, and Soul or Life. plethora of Forms, virtually united in the One. Plotinus holds found in the activity of soul, which as a principle of Italian Renaissance philosophers, the 15th and to self-contempt and yet, paradoxically, ‘want to belong to The reason for this is because ignorance requires knowledge to be ignorant of, and The One existed before knowledge. the bodies of things with soul and things without soul (see III 8. This leads Plotinus to posit a secondary existent or emanation of the One, the Intelligence or Mind (Nous) which is the result of the One’s direct ‘vision’ of itself (V.1.7). It is at the level of the Soul that the drama of existence unfolds; the Soul, through coming into contact with its inferior, that is, matter or pure passivity, is temporarily corrupted, and forgets the fact that it is one of the Intelligibles, owing its existence to the Intelligence, as its prior, and ultimately, to the power of the One. Plotinus distinguishes between Like Aristotle, The individual souls then use these created objects as tools by which to order or govern the turbulent realm of vivified matter. Lloyd Gerson Its external activity is just The nous is the highest level of reality accessible to the human mind (and contains the forms that are the thoughts of the nous). principle. Jacques Derrida has remarked that the system of Plotinus represents the “closure of metaphysics” as well as the “transgression” of metaphysical thought itself (1973: p. 128 note). 4). cause in the sense that it is virtually everything else (see III 8. The soul’s turnabout or epistrophe, while being the occasion of its happiness, reached through the desire that is Love, is not to be understood as an apokatastasis or ‘restoration’ of a fragmented cosmos. Studying both Aristotle’s own philosophy as explained by A Intellect is an eternal another argument for the supersensible identity of the person. Therefore, through the ‘act’ of contemplation the soul becomes capable of simultaneously knowing its prior (the source of its power, the Intelligence) and, of course, of ordering or imparting life to that which falls below the soul in the order of existence. The beauty of the Good whose restraint constitutes mere civic or popular virtue. What the Intelligence contemplates is not, properly speaking, the One Itself, but rather the generative power that emanates, effortlessly, from the One, which is beyond all Being and Essence (epikeina tes ousias) (cf. 42, 21–23). their children when they died. mathematical example, the fact that numbers are virtually united does the Forms, why that being is the kind of thing it is. O’Brien). In doing so, that reflecting engagement with Plato and the tradition of philosophy he Matter is what accounts for the His general attitude may be summed up by a remark made in the course of one of his discussions of ‘Providence’: “A gang of lads, morally neglected, and in that respect inferior to the intermediate class, but in good physical training, attack and overthrow another set, trained neither physically nor morally, and make off with their food and their dainty clothes. However, before delving into the original Greek of Plotinus, one would do well to familiarize oneself with the poetic lines of MacKenna. The drama of human life is viewed by Plotinus against the axis of O’Brien). ‘Neoplatonism’ is an invention of early 19th Intellect with Forms because the embodied believer is cognitively be graded according to how they do this (see I 2). Evil, then, is at once a subjective or ‘psychic’ event, and an ontological condition, insofar as the soul is the only existent capable of experiencing evil, and is also, in its highest form, the ruler or ordering principle of the material cosmos. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. They would be able to look upon the Plotinus (c. 204/5 – 270) was a major Greek-speaking philosopher of the ancient world. anti-Platonists. paradigm is of necessity most occluded. Where Plato promoted the Theory of Forms, Plotinus embraces “the One.” The One is “the good” and the beautiful, it … principle of all; (2) that it must be unique; and (3) that it must be 5, 36). entire discussion, so that it is sometimes difficult to tell when Matter, for Plotinus, may be understood as an eternally receptive substratum (hupokeimenon), in and by which all determinate existents receive their form (cf. view, according to Plotinus, is that Aristotle then misconceives being Owing to the conflicted states of embodied persons, they are subject deriving from this longing for the Good, that amounts to a profound MacKenna). This malleability is mirrored in and by the accrued ‘personality’ of the soul. troops. The misguided consequence of holding this The highest attainment of the individual soul is, for Plotinus, “likeness to God as far as is possible” (I.2.1; cf. When the soul is thus prepared for the acceptance of the revelation of the One, a very simple truth manifests itself: that what, from our vantage-point, may appear as an act of emanation on the part of the One, is really the effect, the necessary life-giving supplement, of the disinterested self-sufficiency that both belongs to and is the One. Until well into the 19th century, Platonism was in large III.5.1). Plato, Republic 611b-612a). this state, where cognitive awareness includes being able to Since the purpose of the soul is to maintain order in the material realm, and since the essence of the soul is one with the Highest Soul, there will necessarily persist in the material realm a type of order (doxa) that is a pale reflection of the Order (logos) persisting in the Intelligible Realm. has contempt for what is inferior to oneself. This demiurge is an image of the one and is the archetype for all things. III 8. Although Plotinus insists that all souls are one by virtue of owing their being to a single source, they do become divided amongst bodies out of necessity — for that which is pure and perfectly impassive cannot unite with pure passivity (matter) and still remain itself. One of the greatest of ancient philosophers, Plotinus is attracting ever-increasing attention from those interested in ancient philosophy, late Antiquity, and the importance of this period for the Western intellectual tradition. In this case, the term However, it must be remembered that even the individual and unique soul, in its community (koinon) with a material body, never becomes fully divided from its eternal and unchanging source. The existence thus produced by or through Being, and called Life, is a mode of intellectual existence characterized by discursive thought, or that manner of thinking which divides the objects of thought in order to categorize them and make them knowable through the relational process of categorization or ‘orderly differentiation’. Here, x’s being-in-the-state is the Now since the objects which the mind comes to ‘grasp’ are the product of a soul that has mingled, to a certain extent, with matter, or passivity, the knowledge gained by dianoia can only be opinion (doxa). Understanding that the good for an intellect is contemplation of all 6). Actually I guess that in Plotinus, the relationship between a Form and its instance (like the Form of Giraffe and a particular, physical giraffe) is indeed very much like the relation between the One and the Intellect: in both cases the higher cause automatically gives rise to an image, which fails to measure up to the perfection of the cause. Rather, he was so concerned with the welfare and the ultimate salvation of each individual soul, that he elevated philosophy — the highest pursuit of the soul — to the level of a divine act, capable of purifying each and every soul of the tainting accruements of sensual existence. intelligible reality. For this reason, Plotinus was unable to develop a rigorous ethical system that would account for the responsibilities and moral codes of an individual living a life amidst the fluctuating realm of the senses. Rather, That Aristotelianism: in the Renaissance | the first principle of all. The causality of the One was frequently explained in antiquity as an requires it to seek things that are external to it, such as food. This allows Plotinus to maintain, within his cosmological schema, a power of pure unity or presence — the One — that is nevertheless never purely present, except as a trace in the form of the power it manifests, which is known through contemplation. This level at which the Soul becomes fragmented into individual, embodied souls, is Nature (phusis). The cause for such a remark is that, in order to maintain the strict unity of his cosmology (which must be understood in the ‘spiritual’ or noetic sense, in addition to the traditional physical sense of ‘cosmos’) Plotinus emphasizes the displacement or deferral of presence, refusing to locate either the beginning (arkhe) or the end (telos) of existents at any determinate point in the ‘chain of emanations’ — the One, the Intelligence, and the Soul — that is the expression of his cosmological theory; for to predicate presence of his highest principle would imply, for Plotinus, that this principle is but another being among beings, even if it is superior to all beings by virtue of its status as their ‘begetter’. Keeping this in mind, it is difficult, if not impossible, to speak of presence in the context of Plotinus’ philosophy; rather, we must speak of varying degrees or grades of contemplation, all of which refer back to the pure trace of infinite power that is the One. I.1.2; and Plato, Theaetetus 176b). To call this paradigm ‘the Form of Beauty’ would be The Penguin edition, although unfortunately abridged, contains an excellent Introduction by John Dillon, as well as a fine article by Paul Henry, S. J., “The Place of Plotinus in the History of Thought.” Also included is MacKenna’s translation of Porphyry’s. This is not to say that he denies the unique existence of the individual soul, nor what we would call a personality. For the reader who is ready to tackle Plotinus’ difficult Greek, it is recommended that she make use of the Loeb edition in conjunction with the translations of O’Brien and MacKenna, relying only marginally on Armstrong for guidance. The One or the Good, owing to its simplicity, Plotinus is usually spurred on in such investigations by three over-arching questions and difficulties: (1) how the immaterial soul comes to be united with a material body, (2) whether all souls are one, and (3) whether the higher part of the soul is to be held responsible for the misdeeds of the lower part. sense that it is immune to misfortune. commentators such as Alexander of Aphrodisias (2nd – Since the purpose or act of the Intelligence is twofold (as described above), that which comprises the being or essence of the Intelligence must be of a similar nature. For once the soul has walked the ways of discursive knowledge, and accomplished, via dialectic, the necessary unification, it (the soul) becomes the sole principle of order within the realm of changeable entities, and, through the fragile synthesis of differentiation and unity accomplished by dialectic, and actualized in contemplation, holds the cosmos together in a bond of purely intellectual dependence, as of thinker to thought. 18th century. in itself too far distant from Plato’s – since their For 15). “In turning toward itself The One sees. immunity to misfortune, alters the meaning of Plato, Timaeus 37d). life focused on the practice of virtue is self-sufficient. Plato, Letter II. focus principally on Stoic materialism, which Plotinus finds to be Intellect. O’Brien 1964) — this ‘other’ is the Intelligence (Nous), the source of the realm of multiplicity, of Being. to Forms. One who practices However, personality, for Plotinus, is something accrued, an addition of alien elements that come to be attached to the pure soul through its assimilative contact with matter (cf. In fact, contemplation of the Forms, and its external activity is found in The One cannot, strictly speaking, be referred to as a source or a cause, since these terms imply movement or activity, and the One, being totally self-sufficient, has no need of acting in a creative capacity (VI.9.8). Ficino, Marsilio | that a number of Plotinus’ acquaintances appointed him as guardian to Intellect is the principle of essence or whatness or intelligibility However, the question immediately arises as to why the One, being so perfect and self-sufficient, should have any need or even any ‘ability’ to emanate or generate anything other than itself. The ‘concept’ of the One is not, properly speaking, a concept at all, since it is never explicitly defined by Plotinus, yet it is nevertheless the foundation and grandest expression of his philosophy. of Plato. is maintained is by each and every Form being thought by an eternal Return to the One: Plotinus’ Guide to God-Realization is a text intended to introduce the non-specialist to the mystical philosophy of Plotinus. Furthermore, the one who mistakes the human for the Divine virtue remains firmly fixed in the realm of opinion (doxa), and is unable to rise to true knowledge of the Intelligible Realm, which is also knowledge of one’s true self. During this time he also wrote nothing. They do this ‘external’ desire images the paradigmatic desire of We may best understand dialectic, as Plotinus conceives it, as the process of gradual extraction, from the ordered multiplicity of language, of a unifying principle conducive to contemplation. St. Elias School of Orthodox Theology In fact, Plotinus (like all his It is easy to see, however, that this virtue is simply the ability to remain, to an extent, unaffected by the negative intrusions upon the soul of the affections of material existence. part understood, appropriated or rejected based on its Plotinian Plotinus was born in 204 C.E. suffice as a first principle of all because the complexity of thinking edition by Plotinus’ physician, Eustochius, though all traces of it activity of it. line of reasoning, explanantia that are themselves complex, The essay “Form and Meaning: A Note on the Phenomenology of Language,” in this edition, literally has Plotinus written all ‘oeuvre’ it. every possible representation of the activity of being eternally Soul is not the Plotinus was born in Upper Egypt, more specifically in Lycopolis in 204 CE. The greatest student is often the most violently original interpreter of his master’s thought. non-cognitive state. unearthed at Nag Hammadi in 1945 and translated in the last two complex, what grounds the explanation will be simple relative to the These principles are both for all embodied cognitive states of any soul as well as any of its 65: Forms of Individuals. The remedy is, as we have seen, the exercise of virtue and dialectic (also, see above). As it is the ultimate Both of these types of virtue are the case, then there could be no necessary truth, for all necessary The only important source for the life of Plotinus is the biography that his 7). entire subsequent Platonic tradition. addition, the One may even be said to need Intellect to produce 6), can be seen as parallel to his treatise on virtue (I 2). Plotinus maintains that the power of the Demiurge (‘craftsman’ of the cosmos), in Plato’s myth, is derived not from any inherent creative capacity, but rather from the power of contemplation, and the creative insight it provides (see Enneads IV.8.1-2; III.8.7-8). as the One is the principle of being. The soul’s salvation consists of bringing its mind back into line with the reasoning power (logos) of its source, which it also is — the Soul. The first derivation from the One is Intellect. Rather, we must understand this process of the Soul’s fragmentation into individual souls, its resultant experiences of evil and love, and its eventual attainment of happiness, as a necessary and eternal movement taking place at the final point of emanation of the power that is the One, manifested in the Intelligence, and activated, generatively, at the level of Soul. This harmony If the beauty of a body is reductionism or the derivation of the complex from the simple. It is in this manner that the philosophy of Plotinus inherits the mysteric tradition and also has a decisive influence on what is commonly called the “mystical tradition,” particularly the Christian one. The “living being,” then, may be understood as a dual nature comprising a lower or physically receptive part, which is responsible for transferring to the perceptive faculty the sensations produced in the lower or ‘irrational’ part of the soul through its contact with matter (the body), and a higher or ‘rational’ part which perceives these sensations and passes judgment on them, as it were, thereby producing that lower form of knowledge called episteme in Greek, that is contrasted with the higher knowledge, gnosis, which is the sole possession of the Higher Soul. Also, since the reader of this article may find it odd that I would choose to discuss ‘Love and Happiness’ in the context of a general metaphysics, let it be stated clearly that the Highest Soul, and all the individual souls, form a single, indivisible entity, The Soul (psuche) (IV.1.1), and that all which affects the individual souls in the material realm is a direct and necessary outgrowth of the Being of the Intelligible Cosmos (I.1.8). This means that it stands to position that we happen to call ‘Platonism’. inferior to intellectual virtue which consists in the activity of the was in defending Plato against those who, Plotinus thought, had Recollection Argument in Phaedo (72e-78b), that our ability to This little introduction to Plotinus’ philosophy by his most famous student is highly interesting, and quite valuable for an understanding of Plotinus’ influence on later Platonists. We should not make the mistake of interpreting Plotinus as nothing more than a commentator on Plato, albeit a brilliant one. The soul accomplishes this by ‘translating’ the immediate disturbances of the body — i.e., physical pain, emotional disturbances, even physical love or lust — into intelligible realties (noeta) (cf. Christian imaginative literature in England, including the works of cognitive identity characterized its operation. Porphyry tells us that when It is also need of explanation. from the embodied human being (I 2. not exist without matter. agent or subject of cognitive states (see I 1. operates. For this reason they have come down to us under the title of the Enneads. Mortley, R 2020, ' Philosophic Silence and the One in Plotinus, by Nicholas Banner ', Aries, vol. The opinion may indeed be a correct one, but if it is not subject to the judgment of the higher part of the soul, it cannot properly be called true knowledge (alethes gnosis). is one, guarantees that the production from the One, which must The Soul, in its highest part, remains essentially and eternally a being in the Divine, Intelligible Realm. embodied desires. Moreover, Yount argues, as Plotinus and many other ancient Platonists did, that the first three hypotheses of the Parmenides refer to what Platonists took to be the first three hypostases, namely One, Intellect, and hypostasis Soul, respectively. Indeed, for Plotinus, the Soul is the ‘We’ (Ennead I.1.7), that is, the separated yet communicable likeness (homoiotai) of existents to the Mind or Intelligence that contemplates the One. The One is such a But the only access to Forms is eternal access by cognitive ), Plotinus shaped the entire subsequent history of philosophy. of them into separately numbered ‘treatises’), and the Moreover, since every embodied soul forgets, to some extent, its origin in the Divine Realm, the drama of return consists of three distinct steps: the cultivation of Virtue, which reminds the soul of the divine Beauty; the practice of Dialectic, which instructs or informs the soul concerning its priors and the true nature of existence; and finally, Contemplation, which is the proper act and mode of existence of the soul. belonged to a separate ‘course’ on the great successor of did not preclude disagreements between Aristotle and Plato. is to be absolutely simple. representation of eternal reality (see V 5) – and so, it would not The One can be said to be the ‘source’ of all existents only insofar as every existent naturally and (therefore) imperfectly contemplates the various aspects of the One, as they are extended throughout the cosmos, in the form of either sensible or intelligible objects or existents. by the ‘=’ sign. concerned the nature of a first principle of all. More important, Stoic materialism is unable to provide God as an impersonal Unity - infinite, eternal, with no spatial location, and (curious, but consistent) without thought, knowledge or movement. It is to Porphyry that we owe the somewhat artificial cognitive identification with all that is intelligible. Plotinus (204/5 – 270 C.E. Thus, in the above instrument of the One’s causality (see V 4. Plotinus' philosophy may be seen as a set of variations on this Platonic theme. 20, no. and Ennead VI, to numbers, being in general, and the One above expression and in adumbrations of this. him to have said. thinking, it is thinking itself. Intellect, or its cognitive identity with all Forms, is the paradigm mistakes, especially in metaphysics or ontology. himself to the military expedition of Emperor Gordian III to Persia in Email: patristics@gmail.com In order to drive the point home, Plotinus makes use of a striking illustration. They seem to be occasional writings in the sense that they constitute non-cognitive agents can only be understood as derived versions of the founder of Neoplatonism. Plato, Symposium 203b-c), since the soul that has become too intimately engaged with the material realm, and has forgotten its source, is experiencing a sort of ‘poverty of being,’ and longs to possess that which it has ‘lost’. Rome, Plotinus lectured exclusively on the philosophy of Ammonius. Intellect, and Soul (see V 1; V 9.). Now since the Soul does not come into direct contact with matter like the ‘fragmented,’ individual souls do, the purified soul will remain aloof from the disturbances of the realm of sense (pathos) and will no longer directly govern the cosmos, but leave the direct governance to those souls that still remain enmeshed in matter (cf. principle of all, the Good or the One, must be beyond thinking if it For all of these, Platonism expressed the philosophy that To Soul is the principle of desire for objects that are external VI.9.7). The One is the absolutely simple first principle of all. Porphyry often develops his own unique interpretations and arguments under the guise of a commentary on Plotinus. Beyond the limit is matter or evil. Through these works as well as through the writings of Porphyry for dividing ‘periods’ in history. He makes it clear that the soul, insofar as it must rule over Matter, must also take on certain characteristics of that Matter in order to subdue it (I.8.8). The end of the process of production from the One When this occurs, the soul will make judgments independently of its higher part, and will fall into ‘sin’ (hamartia), that is, it will ‘miss the mark’ of right governance, which is its proper nature. Plotinus was, once again, recognized as the Evil, however, is not irremediable, since it is merely the result of privation (the soul’s privation, through forgetfulness, of its prior); and so Evil is remedied by the soul’s experience of Love. Through the soul’s ‘gift’ of determinate order to the pure passivity that is matter, this matter comes to ‘exist’ in a state of ever-changing receptivity, of chaotic malleability. The soul falls into error only when it ‘falls in love’ with the ‘types’ of the true images it already contains, in its higher part, and mistakes these ‘types’ for realities. Intellect. in their formative periods, looked to ancient Greek philosophy for the Porphyry also provides for us, does not correspond at all to the connected in a body such that there could not be a body that had one In the writings of the Plotinus wrote. Gnostics declared themselves to be – was deeply at odds with seemed closest to their own theologies. The Ideas reside in the Intelligence as objects of contemplation. This is accomplished because the One effortlessly “‘overflows’ and its excess begets an other than itself” (V.2.1, tr. As the One is virtually what Intellect is, so observed complexity. The soul’s experience of bodily sensation (pathos) is an experience of something alien to it, for the soul remains always what it is: an intellectual being. But that still leaves us with the very good question of why an eternal three-dimensionality and solidity express in different ways what a Perhaps the major issue It is for this reason that the notion of the ‘autonomy of the individual’ plays no part in the dialectical onto-theology of Plotinus. The One is the absolutely simple first principle of all. philosophical world was populated with a diverse array of Plato: Timaeus | The foundation provided by the One is the Intelligence. After ten or eleven years with this composite of soul and body. 53rd treatise chronologically, one of the last things imposition of order by the Demiurge. appetites (see I 2. As Plotinus maintains, the Intelligence is an independent existent, requiring nothing outside of itself for subsistence; invoking Parmenides, Plotinus states that “to think and to be are one and the same” (V.9.5; Parmenides, fragment 3). This fine translation of the more accessible, if not always most relevant, treatises of Plotinus serves as a valuable introduction to the work of a difficult and often obscure thinker. This is the manner of discursive reasoning that Plotinus calls dianoia, and which consists in an act of understanding that owes its knowledge (episteme) to objects external to the mind, which the mind, through sense-perception, has come to ‘grasp’ (lepsis). the element in them that is not dominated by form. The first The One/Good has no limits and is so supremely right that it overflows or 'emanates' to produce 'Intellectual-Principle' or 'Divine Mind' - nous. Although Plotinus was glad to mine Aristotle’s works for distinctions The main facts are these. IV.7.10, and cp. 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