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DIALECTIC - AS A MEANS FOR SELF-TRANSFORMATION

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“In Plato’s time, dialectics was a debating technique subject to precise rules. A “thesis” was proposed-an interrogative proposition such as: Can virtue be taught? 302 more words

Philosophy

My Journals in The 7th Python

I quote extensively from my journals in The 7th Python. I started a journal in 2001 after writing The Spiritual Teachings of Marcus Aurelius. Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations were basically his journal entries, and Professor Pierre Hadot had written in… 885 more words

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Commentary on the Enneads of Plotinus

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Join us for a chapter-by-chapter commentary on The Enneads of Plotinus. But first things first, we must seek to understand the philosophical foundation of this work.  68 more words

Philosophy

An Introduction to Plotinus, Part 1: Seeking the Good

Plotinus represents the philosopher of integration par excellence.  He sought to articulate an integration of the human being within herself, and, at the same time, an integration of the human being with the… 1,016 more words

Plotinus

Plotinus: An Introductory Reading List

Here is a list of books I recommend for an initial introduction to Plotinus’ thought.  All of these are still in print and readily available.  The two Pierre Hadot books listed below are both essential reading: 146 more words

Plotinus

Philosophy as a Way of Life

Now a days we tend to think of philosophy as an academic discipline you study in university and that to be a philosopher is to be a professor of philosophy. 1,589 more words

Philosophy

‘Wrestle to be the man philosophy wished to make you’: Marcus Aurelius, reflective practitioner. Reflective Practice. 10.4 (2009): 429-436. Part 2

As outlined above, many of the sections of each book are epigrammatic and abstract. This is frustrating for the historian, for the personal diary of a Roman Emperor is, one would imagine, a priceless primary source. 1,600 more words

Reflective Practice