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  • Egyptian-born Roman philosopher who founded Neo-Platonism. His writings are collected in The Enneads.

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  • noun Roman philosopher (born in Egypt) who was the leading representative of Neoplatonism (205-270)


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  • Much as there is to be said about the intuition, I will mention only that there are various types or levels of it: the Bergsonian intuition, which occurs predominantly at the normal personality levels, is very differ­ent from that of Plotinus, which is purely spiritual.

    C. G. Jung and Psychosynthesis, by Roberto Assagioli

  • Enchiridion suggests that “the Platonists” are probably the Neoplatonists such as Plotinus and Proclus since these had much influence on the Greek Fathers as well as on Ambrose and Augustine

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • In addition he translated important works of writers in the Neoplatonic and Neopythagorean tradition, such as Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus and Proclus.


  • The Neo-Platonists (such as Plotinus, 205-270) taught a world-system of emanation, whereby the One (like Plato's Form of the Good) flowed into Intellect (the realm of the Forms) and from there into the World-Soul and individual souls, and finally into bodies, from where it returned to itself.

    Religion and Morality

  • Yet even here some differences appeared; for the term ‘Sophist’ would hardly have been applied to the greater names, such as Plotinus, and would have been more often used of a professor of philosophy in general than of a maintainer of particular tenets.

    The Sophist

  • The fact that the notion of “seeing” the truth would become standard in later Platonic sources such as Plotinus and lead to the development of what has been termed Neoplatonic Light Metaphysics only strengthens the case.

    Francesco Patrizi

  • And among its greatest members, such as Plotinus, Porphyry, Proclus, the religious influence of the East was distinctly apparent.

    Pantheism, Its Story and Significance Religions Ancient and Modern

  • Hello Everything was the buzzsaw explosion at the end of "Plotinus", an unusually long statement of his go-to glitch aesthetic that at best sounded like an array of logic gates pleading for mercy.


  • (such as Plotinus); second, even the view which Brucker ascribes to Plato himself is “Neo-Platonic” to the extent that it considers the ideas as products of the divine mind.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The Greek philosopher Plotinus likened our lives to the creation of a work of art: How then can you see the sort of beauty a good soul has?

    Brian D. Cohen: Does Art Make You a Better Person?


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