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Plotinus on Ugliness of Self-Ignorance

We often try to justify our activities. Especially nowadays, if we study philosophy, we want to explain the goal of philosophy to ourselves and others. But do we really need anything more than this – ‘We ourselves possess beauty when we are true to our own being; our ugliness is in going over to another order; our self-knowledge, that is to say, is our beauty; in self-ignorance we are ugly.’ (Plotinus. 13 more words


Episode 5: Arius


If you know anything about early church history, you’ve probably heard of the Council of Nicaea and the heretic, Arius. But the story is shrouded in mystery.  210 more words


An Overview of Plotinus' Thought

“To the degree the soul goes toward the formless, being completely unable to comprehend it because it is not defined or stamped, so to speak, by a richly coloured stamp, she slides off and is frightened that she may have nothing.” Plotinus – Ennead VI-9-3… 12 more words


The Pull of the Daimon

Do you ever feel driven by a force that you sense is outside of your conscious will? Perhaps this energy is directed in a productive way toward a creative passion or vocation, or perhaps has darker or destructive manifestations that veer into the realm of obsession or addiction? 824 more words

James Hillman

The battle for art - part five: the bourgeois art gallery, capital's House of the Lord

Symbols for the two great approaches to God the Self:

  • floors of lacquered woodgrain – the pathway of contemplative (Romantic) spiritual activity
  • walls of pure white – the surrounds of contemplative spiritual stillness…
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Capitalist Ideology

The letter of Lord Chandos

Hugo von Hofmannsthal

The Letter of Lord Chandos

This is the letter Philip, Lord Chandos, younger son of the Earl of Bath, wrote to Francis Bacon, later Baron Verulam, Viscount St. 1,210 more words


New Book: All from One. A Guide to Proclus

All From One: A Guide to Proclus, edited by Marije Martijn and Pieter D’Hoine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

The following description is from Oxford’s website – see… 228 more words