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  • This odd little collection of notes (No. 13 in Porphyry’s chronological order, but the numbering must be quite arbitrary: the notes are unlikely all to have been written at about the same time), which Porphyry found among his master’s papers and put together to make a ninth “treatise” to complete his Third Ennead, on the whole adds little to our understanding of the thought of Plotinus. They are quite disconnected, and each of them deals with a point discussed more fully elsewhere in the Enneads. The first and longest is, however, of some interest. In it we find Plotinus reflecting on a problem much discussed in his school, that of the relationship of Intellect to the Forms, which arises in the interpretation of Timaeus 39E. 7-9. And in the course of his discussion of it (l. 15 ff.) he appears to be considering with some sympathetic interest the possibility of a subdivision of Intellect very like that which is reported to have been taught by Amelius, (note 1: Proclus, In Tim. I. 306.1-3) and which he decisively rejects in his treatise Against the Gnostics : (note 2: II 9 [33] 1.25 ff.) he certainly does not, however, commit himself to this, and at the end of the note seems to be putting forward his usual view that there are three, and only three, hypostases without subdivisions.

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  • Luciana Santoprete
    • Contexte
    • Introduction au Traité 13
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  • Traité 13 (III, 9) (entier) + Traité 33 (II, 9), 1, 25