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Plotinus' Cosmology

A Study of Ennead II.1 (40): Text, Translation, and Commentary

Plotinus' Cosmology by James Wilberding
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In Ennead II.1 (40) Plotinus is primarily concerned to argue for the everlastingness of the universe, the heavens, and the heavenly bodies as individual substances. Here he must grapple both with the philosophical issue of personal identity through time and with the rich tradition of cosmology which pitted the Platonists against the Aristotelians and Stoics. What results is a historically informed cosmological sketch explaining the constitution of theheavens as well as sublunar and celestial motion. This book contains an extensive introduction aimed at providing the necessary background in Platonic, Aristotelian, and Stoic cosmology, the text itself, and a line-by-line commentary designed to elucidate its philosophical, philological and historicaldetails.
OUP Oxford; March 2006
282 pages; ISBN 9780191569296
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Title: Plotinus' Cosmology
Author: James Wilberding