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  • This treatise (No. 30 in the chronological order) is in fact the first part of a major work of Plotinus, including also Nos. 3133 (V 8, V 5 and II 9), the four sections of which Porphyry arbitrarily separated and placed in three different Enneads according to his own too rigidly systematic principles of arrangement. (note 1: See R. Harder, “Eine Neue Schrift Plotins” in Kleine Schriften (Beck, Munich, 1960), pp. 303-313). The doctrine of contemplation which it contains is the very heart of the philosophy of Plotinus. He shows contemplation as the source and goal of all action and production at every level: all life for him is essentially contemplation. And in showing this he leads our minds up from the lowest level of contemplative life, that of Nature, the last phase of Soul which is the immanent principle of growth, through Soul to share in Intellect’s contemplation of the One or Good, which he demonstrates must lie beyond it as source of contemplation and life. In the next two parts into which Porphyry has divided the work (V 8 and V 5) he develops his thought about first the beauty, and then the truth of Intellect, and again leads our minds back from it to the Good. In the first three chapters of II 9 he sums up his thought about the One, Intellect and Soul; then he adds a polemical appendix, directed against Gnostic members of his circle, which occupies the rest of the treatise (cp. Introductory Note to II 9).

  • Remarques de l'éditeur
  • Luciana Santoprete
    • Contexte
    • Introduction au Traité 30
    • Page
    • 358
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  • Traité 30 (III, 8) (entier) + Traité 31 (V, 8) (entier) + Traité 32 (V, 5) (entier) + Traité 33 (II, 9) (entier)