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The Enneads

Abridged Edition

Plotinus - Author

Stephen MacKenna - Translator

John Dillon - Abridged by

John Dillon - Introduction by

John Dillon - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140445206 | 688 pages | 05 Nov 1991 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Here is a highly original synthesis of Platonism, mystic passion, ideas from Greek philosophy, and variants of the Trinity and other central tenets of Christian doctrine by the brilliant thinker who has had an immense influence on mystics and religious writers.
The Enneads

Stephen MacKenna: A Biographical Sketch
Extracts from the Explanatory Matter in the First Edition
The Place of Plotinus in the History of Thought by Paul Henry, S. J.
Plotinus: An Introduction
Porphyry: On the Life of Plotinus and the Arrangement of His Work
Preface

The First Ennead
First: The Animate and the Man
Second: The Virtues
Third: Dialectic
Fourth: Happiness
Sixth: Beauty
Eighth: The Nature and Source of Evil
Ninth: "The Reasoned Dismissal"

The Second Ennead
Third: Are the Stars Causes?
Fourth: Matter
Ninth: Against the Gnostics; or Against Those That Affirm the Creator of the Cosmos and the Cosmos Itself to be Evil

The Third Ennead
Second: Providence: First Treatise
Third: Providence: Second Treatise
Fourth: Our Tutelary Spirit
Fifth: Love
Sixth: The Impassivity of the Unembodied
Seventh: Time and Eternity
Eighth: Nature, Contemplation, and the One

The Fourth Ennead
Third: Problems of the Soul (I)
Fourth: Problems of the Soul (II)
Eighth: The Soul's Descent into Body

The Fifth Ennead
First: The Three Initial Hypostases
Second: The Origin and Order of the Beings following on the First
Third: The Knowing Hypostases and the Transcendant
Fourth: How the Secondaries rise from The First; and on The One
Fifth: That the Intellectual Beings are not outside the Intellectual-Principle: and on The Nature of the Good
Seventh: Is there an Ideal Archetype of Particular Beings?
Eighth: On the Intellectual Beauty
Ninth: The Intellectual Principle, the Ideas, and the Authentic Existence

The Sixth Ennead
Fourth: On the Integral Omnipresence of the Authentic Existent (I)
Fifth: On the Integral Omnipresence of the Authentic Existent (II)
Seventh: How the Multiplicity of the Ideal-Forms came into Being; and on The Good
Eighth: On Free Will and the Will of the One
Ninth: On the Good, or the One

Appendix I: The Chronological Order of the Tractates
Appendix II: Index of Platonic References
Selected Bibliography

‘MacKenna gave his uncertain physical and mental health to the translation of Plotinus’ Enneads . . . one of the masterpieces of modern English prose and formal sensibility’ – George Steiner