I think yes for two reason first of all, he was the first man in the 3rd century who tought rationally, remember this era is an era of spiritual crysis with gnostics and shit then he managed to unite the three principle philosophies of his time, which were platonism, stoicism and aristotelicianism in one big logical system
>>589832 A shame that given the trendy rise of Gnosticism in popular culture and conspiracy theories, the critiques of Plotinus are overlooked or ignored, especially on the points of the material world not being inherently evil, but an imperfect manifestation of the eternal which souls willingly choose to incarnate.
Certain Gnostic sects also cannot logically argue for an evil Architect while trying to promote the Monad as a kind of benevolent alternative, without it turning into a rehashing of the biblical narrative of God vs Satan or, simply put; an infinite regress.
>>590173 Doesn't Plotinus describe the One's emanation as something as natural and unwilled as the sun giving off light? I understand fron the Nous on there is definitely intentionality, but the initial emanation is just a by-product of the One's perfection
I'm getting the Enneads in the mail today so I could be wrong
>>590257 >Doesn't Plotinus describe the One's emanation as something as natural and unwilled as the sun giving off light? Yes, though the comparison falls short somewhat, primarily because its using one larger finite force influencing our world.
Reality, AKA the material world, was intended via Nous.
Going back to my initial post on this, I interpret the intention as ultimately neutral.
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective parties. Images uploaded are the responsibility of the Poster. Comments are owned by the Poster.
This is a 4chan archive - all of the shown content originated from that site. This means that 4Archive shows their content, archived. If you need information for a Poster - contact them.
If a post contains personal/copyrighted/illegal content, then use the post's [Report] link! If a post is not removed within 24h contact me at [email protected] with the post's information.