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Plotinus or the Simplicity of Vision

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Since its original publication in France in 1963, Pierre Hadot's lively philosophical portrait of Plotinus remains the preeminent introduction to the man and his thought. Michael Chase's lucid translation—complete with a useful chronology and analytical bibliography—at last makes this book available to the English-speaking world.

Hadot carefully examines Plotinus's views on
Paperback, 145 pages
Published April 28th 1998 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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Tony Gualtieri
May 11, 2013 Tony Gualtieri rated it it was amazing
Plotinus is one of the most intriguing voices of the classical world. A thinker in the vein of St. John of the Cross, Rumi, and Simone Weil, he's an example of what Aldous Huxley called the "perennial philosophy," the universal thread that winds through all mystical thinking. Plotinus emphasizes the qualities of gentleness, contemplation, and solitude as paths to higher levels of consciousness. These traits, which seem so different from the ideals of Stoicism, Epicureanism, and other better know ...more
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Philosophy As Transformative

The French philosopher Pierre Hadot (b. 1922)is known for his studies of ancient philosophy and for his teaching that philosophy is not a mere academic study. Instead, for Hadot, philosophy is a spiritual training and a way to understand one's life in the company of a teacher and like-minded individuals. Hadot's mastery of ancient philosophy and his understanding of the philosophic endeavor pervade this short outstanding introduction, written in 1963, to the life and
Coe Douglas
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Brilliant. Hadot bring's the enormous spirit of Plotinus to life. A sensitive and enthusiastic spiritual biography.
Mar 18, 2017 Dan rated it it was ok
Gnostic nonsense masquerading as philosophy.
Gene Bales
Nov 03, 2016 Gene Bales rated it it was amazing
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This is an older book which I regret I did not read at the time I wrote my dissertation on Plotinus in the early '70's. What makes it especially interesting and valuable is the very fine and careful study of Plotinus as a spiritual leader in his age. Most people don't know much about him, but if they have ever recited the Nicene Creed they speak several phrases from his writing--"God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God". In any event, the traditional picture of Plotinus is of some ...more
Jul 22, 2008 David added it
On my quest to gain a deeper understanding of Theurgy, I chose to read this book on the philosophy of Plotinus: a post-Aristotle neoplatonist who paved the way for the other neoplatonists responsible for developing Theurgy.
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Pierre Hadot (né à Paris, le 21 février 1922 - mort à Orsay, le 25 avril 2010) est un philosophe, historien et philologue français, spécialiste de l'antiquité, profond connaisseur de la période hellénistique et en particulier du néoplatonisme et de Plotin. Pierre Hadot est l'auteur d'une œuvre développée notamment autour de la notion d'exercice spirituel et de philosophie comme manière de vivre.

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