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Plotinus: Preliminary Remarks

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This chapter begins with an outline of the occurrences of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν and the related forms of ἐπĩ+dativus personae in the Enneads. It then continues with some remarks on three significant features of the discussion of the notion in Ennead VI.8. The aim is to indicate in what sense Plotinus in that treatise develops the notion-in several respects-in the light of the preceding philosophical tradition. Then, the chapter makes a brief survey of the major recent interpretations of the notion in Plotinus, and draws some general conclusions as to the tendencies and problems with these interpretations. It ends with a conclusion regarding what the author takes to be the main questions that the present study can hope to clarify, namely, which notions of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν were developed in the philosophical tradition before Plotinus, and how Plotinus' own notion can be analysed in the light of that tradition.

Keywords:Enneads; philosophical tradition; Plotinus



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