Ennead IV.3-4.29: Problems Concerning the Soul. Translation with an Introduction and Commentary by John M. Dillon and H. J. Blumenthal. Parmenides. Las Vegas, Zürich and Athens. 2015. $47.00. In all likelihood, Plotinus wrote a long tractate on several problems which concern the soul. In order to give a telling arrangement to the whole oeuvre Porphyry cut it into three pieces which are now forming Ennead iv 3-5. The whole treatise was translated by Henry Blumenthal whose untimely death, alas, prohibited him to complete all the notes necessary for making our way through the subtleties of Plotinus’ arguments. It was John Dillon who took over the task of completing them and brushing up some points in the translation. Their work has resulted in a fine volume, containing the first half of the original treatise. 1 The reason for dividing it at 4.29 is that an ancient note in many manuscripts (family w, as well as mss R, J and C) mentions that Eustochius, Porphyry’s colleague and predecessor as editor of Plotinus’ works, ended the second book of his division of the text here. In the introduction Dillon discusses briefly the characteristics of Plotinus’ theory of the soul in the
International Journal of the Platonic Tradition – Brill
Published: Oct 25, 2016
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