Neoplatonism is the philosophical system of Plotinus (205-70 CE), extending into the 7th century, that synthesizes Platonic, Aristotelian and Pythagorean ideas.
Essentially, Plotinus proposes a series of increasingly specific emanations from a single metaphysical Source. The first emanation from the Source is a ‘World Soul,’ regarded as a metaphysical repository of intelligence and knowledge, something like a Platonic Form.
From the Word Soul emanate individual souls.
Plotinus’ works were edited and put into six groups of nine, called the “Enneads,” by his disciple Porphyry.
Perhaps his most important contribution to the history of ideas is his notion of the One. For Plotinus the One is Goodness and Beauty existing before, and the ultimate source of all observable differentiations found in, our world of becoming. Our world emanates from the One, this process setting up a complicated and hierarchical series of arrangements, or dyads, all leading back up to the One.
Psycho-spiritual liberation, then, is best found in personal union with the One, described as an ephemeral experience of pure, insurmountable delight. According to Porphyry, Plotinus had four of these ecstatic experiences during the period in which these two men associated with one another.¹
- Theurgy and Drawing Down the Moon: Theurgicon 2010 (beliefnet.com)
- New Research on Plato and Pythagoras (personalpages.manchester.ac.uk)
- Where Capitalism is a Thing of Beauty (blogs.hbr.org)
- Hypatia: Martyred for Her Gender (socyberty.com)
- 6 Basic Kinds Of Answer To The Question “Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?” (camelswithhammers.com)
- Catholicism must paganize or die — Vasquez (beliefnet.com)
- Occult gender regimes: Polarity and Tradition (enfolding.org)
Search Think Free » Aristotle, Plato, Platonism, Pythagoras, Republic
Add more, report errors or voice your opinion by posting a comment