By Stephen R. L. Clark

Plotinus, the Roman thinker (c. 204-270 CE) who's extensively considered as the founding father of Neoplatonism, used to be additionally the writer of diverse myths, pictures, and metaphors. they've got inspired either secular philosophers and Christian and Muslim theologians, yet have usually been brushed off by way of sleek students as in simple terms decorative. during this booklet, extraordinary thinker Stephen R. L. Clark indicates that they shape an essential set of religious workouts during which participants can in achieving considered one of Plotinus’s most crucial pursuits: self-transformation via contemplation.

           

Clark examines numerous Plotinus’s myths and metaphors in the cultural and philosophical context of his time, asking probing questions about their contemplative results. what's it, for instance, to “think away the spatiality” of fabric issues? What mind set is Plotinus recommending whilst he speaks of affection, or drunkenness, or nakedness? What star-like cognizance is meant while he publicizes that we have been as soon as stars or are stars without end? What does it suggest to assert that the soul is going round God? and the way are we imagined to “bring the god in us again to the god in all”? via those wealthy photographs and buildings, Clark casts Plotinus as a thinker deeply keen on philosophy as a fashion of life. 

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