He was a pupil of the neo-Platonist Plotinus
. (8) Author of a geographical lexicon, produced after 400 A.D., and abridged under Justinian.
Heroism, like Plotinus
, is almost ashamed of its body.
Once I took such delight in Montaigne, that I thought I should not need any other book; before that, in Shakspeare; then in Plutarch; then in Plotinus
; at one time in Bacon; afterwards in Goethe; even in Bettine; but now I turn the pages of either of them languidly, whilst I still cherish their genius.
Their topics include the explanatory value of developmental hypotheses as exemplified by the interpretation of Aristotle, the debt of Aristotle s collection of politeiai to the sophistic tradition, Plotinus
' criticism of Aristotle's doctrine of primary substance and its background, the early literary construct of Boethius: In Isagogen Porphyrii commenta, editio prima, Ammonius Hermeiou on the appearance of ghosts, and the un-Byzantine Byzantine on two sophisms.
Emilsson normally stays close to Plotinus
's texts, illuminates obvious and probable sources, exegetes the text with an emphasis on Plotinus
's originality, proffers parallel discussions and comparisons with other philosophers, and admits when he finds Plotinus
unclear or inconsistent.
The aim of this paper is to examine Augustine's reflections concerning the concept of evil, in order to identify whether--and to what extent--Augustine's notion of malum is related to Plotinus
' concept of evil.
The scholar analyzed how the theories on this subject evolved over a period of 800 years: from Plato to Plotinus
, and the new concepts added by Christians or Hermetics.
His research has concentrated on philosophy and literature in late antiquity, and his books include Plotinus
' Philosophy of the Self (1973), Augustine's Philosophy of Mind (1987), The Poetry of Boethius (1991), Augustine's City of God: A Reader's Guide (2004), and Days Linked by Song: Prudentius' Cathemerinon (2012).
The mystical Neoplatonism of Plotinus
paralleled the mysticism of Christianity and eventually provided an aesthetic and philosophical connecting link for the artists.
His narration recalls how he was raised a Christian before becoming attracted to Manichaeism in his teens; he also explored the neo-Platonic philosophies of Plotinus
before returning to Christianity in his thirties.
Perl (Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University--Los Angeles) "Plotinus
Ennead V.1: On the Three Primary Levels of Reality: Translation, with an Introduction and Commentary" comes closer than any other to providing an outline of the entire spiritual and metaphysical system put forward by Plotinus
These include reflection on the beauty of nous in Plotinus
and the philosophical sources for claims about divine beauty in Gregory of Nyssa and Symeon the New Theologian.