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PLOTINUS, <i>ENNEAD</i> 1. 4 AS CRITIQUE OF EARLIER EUDAIMONISM

A. A. LONG

in Virtue and Happiness

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646043
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191743368 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646043.003.0013

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

PLOTINUS, ENNEAD 1. 4 AS CRITIQUE OF EARLIER EUDAIMONISM

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The main purpose of this chapter is not to present a comprehensive account of human happiness. Plotinus, aims, rather, to show other philosophers, especially Aristotelians and Stoics, that their many correct ideas are fully viable if and only if they give up certain unacceptable doctrines and replace them with his own cardinal proposition - that a perfect human being is detached from the body, identical with intellectual activity, and completely unaffected by external contingencies.

Keywords: consciousness; dualism; happiness; intellect; living well; self-sufficiency; transcendence

Chapter.  7850 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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