Plotinus today
Plotinus or the enchantment of the world?
2001 • 159 pages • Price : 25 €

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Summary

This is a complete study of the 54 treatises divided into six enneads of philosopher and poet Plotinus (205-270 A.D.). It shows first the filiation from Parmenide to Plato and Plotinus and then the congruence of Plotinus' pantheism ("God is entirely present in all beings at every moment") with the concept of non-separability put forward by present day physicists. On the other hand it declares unacceptable Plotinus' arguments to solve the problem of evil: either God is absolute good and then evil does not exist, or Man is capable of evil and then he possesses an independence and liberty not to be accounted for in the divine world order. Plotinus is with Plato certainly the most prominent author: as opposed to Christianity he is the heir of Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics and he harks forward to Spinoza, Hegel and, in spite of himself, to the modern understanding of liberty. He also comes close to Gérard de Nerval. All aestheticism and theory of the beautiful is derived from Plotinus since art is the instrument that works toward a better perception of the world's enchanting beauty, for "God is in everything". But the picture by Gérard David which is reproduced on the front cover, points to the senseless behaviour of men who cause their own misfortune.
Finally the numerous quotations from Plotinus (often accompanied by the Greek text) are printed in bold type distinct from the rest and they offer an anthology of that author's lofties thoughts.

Excerpts / classified by themes

Poésie

Matter is a dream
The debility of bodies
The world's beauty
Euphoria
True love

Philosophy

Plotinus' pantheism
The definition of violence
What is property?
Analogy between Brueghel and Plotinus
Three quotations from Montaigne and three from Molière
The problem of evil seen by painter Gérard David (1498)
True revolution according to Céline
Is death an evil?
Evil, dance and liberty
Complexity and modernity of Plotinus
The utility of philosophy!
Astrology
Philosophy: pro and con

Humour, contestation, provocation…

The king is naked!

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