Talk:Plotinus

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Year of Birth[edit]

If Plotinus was 66 when he died in 270, he should have been born in 204, not 205. I dare not simply change it as there is possibly more to it, like contradicting information not discussed here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 193.190.253.144 (talk) 00:56, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Same Iamblichus[edit]

In the "Excursion to Persia and Return to Rome" section of the article, there is mention of Ariston the son of Iamblichus, with a link to the article on the Iamblichus who developed Neo-Platonism after Plotinus. Since this Iamblichus was about 25 when Plotinus died, it doesn't seem likely that Plotinus taught his son's wife! Maybe the link should be removed. Ineffabilis (talk) 14:24, 10 May 2008

I looked this up. It does seem that it could be true if one assumes that Plotinus taught Amphiclea when she was young, and that she only married Iamblichus' son after Plotinus' death (perhaps twenty years later). I added a reference anyway. Singinglemon (talk) 02:58, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Archive[edit]

Could the older discussions on this talk page be archived? This page is far too long and most of it is pretty old. Pollinosisss (talk) 06:09, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

I created the archive myself. Pollinosisss (talk) 14:07, 6 October 2009 (UTC)

Influenced Bergson[edit]

I added Bergson as an influencee. See this source:

http://books.google.com/books?id=1PwTZPW1ohQC&pg=PA139&lpg=PA139&dq=Bergson+influenced+by+Plotinus&source=bl&ots=RoTGn2J0Xr&sig=S7czXbG0KCOqRo8v9prDb_Wxoz8&hl=en&ei=yQi1S-DsBoTGlQfG1uBx&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Bergson%20influenced%20by%20Plotinus&f=false

"That the philosophy of Henri Bergson is significantly influenced by the doctrines of Plotinus is indicated by the many years Bergson devoted to teaching Plotinus and the many parallels in their respective philosophies. This influence has been discussed at some length by Bergson's contemporaries, such as Emile Bréhier and Rose-Marie Rossé-Bastide..."

128.164.62.227 (talk) 21:05, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Mysticism[edit]

There doesn't seem to be anything in the aritcle about Plotinus's mysticism. He didn't just describe the One but claimed it could be experienced. This seems to be an omission. Any comments? Oxford73 (talk) 04:57, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Of course you are quite right. That appears to be a very typical phenomenon, academics analyzing the "theory of life" in detail, never being aware that they themselves are forever limited to an existence as paper-eating mice, since they cannot even imagine any other existence... - Hence such ways of "presenting" topics XY...
Regards, -- 147.142.186.54 (talk) 17:33, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Christianity[edit]

The article originally mentioned the influence of Neoplatonism, and gave a good example comparing Eastern Orthodox to Catholocism to Aristotle and finally Plotinus. I inserted the quote from Russell between these two phrases; The quote is now an authoritative support of the assertion that Plotinus had influence, and introduces the example provided by an earlier contributer. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Leviticus Orion (talkcontribs) 23:38, 27 February 2012 (UTC)