Plotinus on the Beautiful (Neoplatonism: Theology for Wanderers in the New Millennium, Book Three) by Manly P. Hall, Clarke E. Johnston

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Plotinus on the Beautiful (Neoplatonism: Theology for Wanderers in the New Millennium, Book Three)
Title:
Plotinus on the Beautiful (Neoplatonism: Theology for Wanderers in the New Millennium, Book Three)
Author:
Manly P. Hall, Clarke E. Johnston
ISBN:
0893148628
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978-0893148621
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Philosophical Research Society, Inc. (June 1, 2006)
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English
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The Neoplatonists in the beginning considered Beauty as alternative to the word Good. Good with a capital 'G' was the Neoplatonic equivalent of our word God. This concept of Good presents Deity in Neoplatonism as the object of the Soul's desire. All things in themselves naturally aspire to the Good. As the object of man's eternal quest it is a substance in Itself beyond definition. Any condition which arises by which this natural aspiration is thwarted, blocked or retarded results in an infirmity to the psychic life of the person. The five-part archival audio tape series upon which this pamphlet series is based ("Doctrines of Neoplatonism," transcribed by Clarke E. Johnston), was given by Manly P. Hall in 1983 to students who were interested in learning more about the ancient wisdom. It seemed to have been one of his favorite subjects down through the years, for he spoke and wrote about it frequently during his long career. In fact, the foreword to his book "Lectures on Ancient Philosophy" declared that the basis of it was Neoplatonism. In the last few years of his life, Mr. Hall said that after years of study and reflection, he had come to believe that the doctrines of Neoplatonism had descended to us in a purer form than nearly any other philosophical system. This system seemed more suitable to we active, extroverted Western people. He believed this was true because though it was as deep and thorough as any other approach to enlightenment, its precepts were more easily understood and their relative simplicity tended to impel an interested person to put them into practice by beginning to learn to live a more philosophic life. The material in this series provides an excellent overview of Neoplatonism that we hope those who read it may be inspired to study the subject themselves. As anyone who has spent time in such study and learned its value will tell you, it is worth all the time you can give it, with its maximum value coming from the disciplined application o

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