Ideas of Plotinus, by Theme

[Greek, 205 - 270, Born in Egypt. Prophyry was his pupil. Based in Alexandria. Died in Rome.]

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7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / f. Primary being
The One does not exist, but is the source of all existence
Being is the product of pure intellect
The One is a principle which transcends Being
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / g. Particular being
Number determines individual being
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 5. Unity of Mind
If soul was like body, its parts would be separate, without communication
15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 2. Unconscious Mind
The movement of Soul is continuous, but we are only aware of the parts of it that are sensed
16. Persons / D. Continuity of the Self / 2. Mental Continuity / b. Self as mental continuity
A person is the whole of their soul
17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 1. Dualism
Our soul has the same ideal nature as the oldest god, and is honourable above the body
The soul is outside of all of space, and has no connection to the bodily order
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 2. Happiness / a. Nature of happiness
Ecstasy is for the neo-Platonist the highest psychological state of man [Feuerbach]
22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / b. Rational ethics
The Soul reasons about the Right, so there must be some permanent Right about which it reasons
26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / e. The One
How can multiple existence arise from the unified One?
Soul is the logos of Nous, just as Nous is the logos of the One
Because the One is immobile, it must create by radiation, light the sun producing light
28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / b. Teleological Proof
Soul is author of all of life, and of the stars, and it gives them law and movement
29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 2. Immortality / b. Soul
Even the soul is secondary to the Intellectual-Principle [Nous], of which soul is an utterance