of Plotinus With Philosophical Commentaries
Plotinus on Beauty and Reality: A Reader for Enneads
There are a few translations of the Enneads
already available in English, chief among them the Loeb edition by Armstrong.
Throughout the Enneads
, they are crucial to understanding the specific causality of intelligible realities and the relation of participation between intelligible and sensible realms.
minor (1982), there is still much scope for philological analysis in the Enneads
give voice to this school, as would, much later, Suger, Abbot of St.
That tradition, most powerfully expressed in Plato's Symposium, the Enneads
of Plotinus, and the Divine Names of Pseudo-Dionysius, tells us that the beauty we perceive in this face, that sunset, in this wide receiver's one-handed catch, or that violinist's sustained note are only particular manifestations of a higher reality, that of Beauty Itself, or Kalon.
Cooper successfully navigates the reader through the relevant parts of the Enneads
Certainly Plotinus had a strong influence in the development of positions since excerpts from his Enneads
were known as the Theology of Aristotle, the first teacher from whom nobody could turn away.
The first chapter is a deliberate and judiciously selective history of the identity thesis focusing on those discussions that best elucidate Mulla Sada's argument and that present his own understanding of the genealogy of the thesis tracing through al-Farabi and his Risalat al-'Aql, the Theologia Aristote-lis--that central text of significance for Islamic Neoplatonism which represented an Arabic paraphrase of parts of Plotinus's Enneads
IV to VI and was attributed to Aristotle and, of course.
However, probably the most influential attempt at harnessing Parmenides to the cart of Neoplatonism, stems from the Enneads
This passage looks almost like an intentional illustration of selections from Plato's Timaeus, or from Plotinus's Enneads
, commenting on it.