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The Return of Soul: Philosophy and Mysticism

Dominic J. O'Meara

in Plotinus

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198751472
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198751478.003.0011
 The Return of Soul: Philosophy and Mysticism

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Discusses ethical themes in Plotinus: the human good (happiness) and the means for attaining it. As the return of the soul to the One (the absolute Good), this involves the practice of virtue and of philosophical argument, soul thus becoming Intellect, a state that must be transcended in a union with the One. Plotinus’ ‘mysticism’ is discussed, as is an ethics of giving, in which soul, united to the Good, gives of its goodness to others.

Keywords: absolute good; ethics; Ethics of giving; goodness; happiness; Intellect; mysticism; Plotinus; soul; the One; virtue

Chapter.  4085 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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