By Plotinus, Porphyry

Né en Égypte au début du IIIè siècle apr. J.-C., Plotin s'installe à Rome en 246, en terre stoïcienne, pour y enseigner les principes d'une philosophie platonicienne et y inaugurer los angeles culture qu'on dit aujourd'hui "néoplatonicienne ". De 254 jusqu'à los angeles veille de sa mort, en 270, Plotin rédige un ensemble de textes que son disciple Porphyre éditera vers l'année three hundred en les distribuant en six "neuvaines": les Ennéades. Dans ces traités, Plotin se suggest de guider l'âme de son lecteur sur le chemin d'une ascèse qui doit l. a. conduire vers son principe, "l'Intellect", et lui permettre alors de percevoir, pour s'y unir, le principe de toutes choses qu'est l'Un".

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Traités 51-54 : Sur la vie de Plotin et la mise en ordre de ses livres

Né en Égypte au début du IIIè siècle apr. J. -C. , Plotin s'installe à Rome en 246, en terre stoïcienne, pour y enseigner les principes d'une philosophie platonicienne et y inaugurer l. a. culture qu'on dit aujourd'hui "néoplatonicienne ".

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If I break it up into twenty-three steps, it would be marvelously concrete advice, but who could hold it, because of the crow issue? I’m trying to get what I think is an appropriate number of points per lecture. All right, I’m going to ask Steve to come up and give us the first one. There’s one simple error in what he’s about to say. He’s going to give it as though he’s thinking of it, and you be prepared to tell us what it is. Okay, Steve: Life must be the standard of value, because only living beings are confronted by the alternative of life or death, and there can be no values without a fundamental alternative, so there can be values only because of living entities who have to act to sustain themselves.

This is a skill we’re trying to learn, and using the analogy of cooking that we mentioned last time, you have to actually learn it in action, in practice. At the beginning, I’m slightly adapting this method, because, instead of a real volunteer, I’m having a controlled demonstration. I have chosen a specific person to play the role of the learning student in order to enact specific confusions, in order to illustrate specific problems of thinking. And the idea is to organize things in the first few weeks until we are started off.

There was a second problem quite apart from the fact that it was a summary rather than an attempt at understanding. ” What was wrong with the way he began? Before you get to a topic, you have to do something else that will make it possible for you to start on the topic correctly. You have to identify a context. Knowledge always arises in a context that conditions everything that is to come. There’s only one time in philosophy when you simply plunge in: the very basic axioms— existence, consciousness, identity.

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