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Plotinus Reconsidered

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This chapter analyzes the occurrences of the notion of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν and the related forms of ἐπĩ+dativus personae in the Enneads. It first examines the occurrences of the notion outside Ennead VI.8, i.e. in On fate, On well-being, and On providence I. In going through the evidence, the chapter follows Porphyry's chronological order of the treatises of the Enneads. It then focuses strictly on Plotinus' notion of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν in Ennead VI.8. Finally, the chapter draws some general conclusions from this analysis, both as to the differences and similarities within the Enneads, as well as regarding Plotinus' discussion of this notion in the light of the preceeding traditions. Plotinus' notion of ἐφ’ ἡμĩν outside Ennead VI.8 clearly tends towards an exclusive notion, i.e. one in which only some things, namely those that involve a specific rational activity, and in a true sense have their principle in us, are ἐφ’ ἡμĩν.

Keywords:ἐφ’ ἡμĩν; Enneads; On fate; On providence I; On well-being; Plotinus



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