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  • At 34a he (=Plato) says, of the material body of the cosmos, that it is divine and that at its center the god set a soul that extended throughout its mass and enclosed it all round, and at 34b he says : “For all these reasons he made it a blessed god.” So for Plotinus the arrival of the soul of the cosmos in the body of the cosmos is blessed and divine. There is certainly some anti-Gnostic polemic hidden in these words ; Plotinus devotes much energy in countering the Gnostics within his own circle ; for example Porphyry entitles II.9 “Against the Gnostics,” and it is perhaps part of a longer treatise subsequently divided by Porphyry. One Gnostic doctrine that Plotinus vehemently opposes is that the demiurge in ignorance had created a flawed cosmos ; he lacked the foresight of Plato’s demiurge.

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  • Luciana Santoprete
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    • Commentaire au Traité 6 (IV, 8), 1, 41-50.
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  • Traité 33 (II, 9) (entier) + Traité 6 (IV, 8), 1, 50