205 Apprehending Our Happiness Antilepsis and the Middle Soul in Plotinus, Ennead 14.101* H.S. SCHIBLI In Ennead 1 4  (TIEQL Plotinus squarely locates the good life (T6 £1 in the noetic realm. The perfect, true, and real life is of an intellectual nature (I 4.3.33-34), and when a man has passed over into the perfect life, in other words, into nous, he actually 'is' this perfect life (I 4.4.14-15).1 This is the life which is higher soul perpetually enjoys in its conformity with intellect.' It is a life wholly self-sufficient and unaffected by pleasures, pains, and all the fortunes of Priam that affect the compound 206 being.3 Plotinus discusses at some length the impregnability of our true happiness (I 4.5-8). The crowning stroke is that eudaimonia is ours even when we are asleep or unconscious (pfi :7taQaxoÀo'U8ELV). A good man, Plotinus argues, need not be conscious that he is wise, because wisdom is his substance (as opposed to a quality); as such it is ever active.' Similarly, we do not apprehend by sense experience the activity of our physical growth. But what which grows, Plotinus quickly adds, is not really us. We are the 'actuality of intellect'
Phronesis – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1989
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