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Enneads (1918–1930)
by Plotinus, translated by Stephen MacKenna
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The First Ennead

  1. The Animate and the Man
  2. The Virtues
  3. Dialectic
  4. Happiness
  5. Happiness and Extension of Time
  6. Beauty
  7. The Primal Good and Secondary Forms of Good
  8. The Nature and Source of Evil
  9. ‘The Reasoned Dismissal’

The Second Ennead

  1. The Heavenly System
  2. The Heavenly Circuit
  3. Are the Stars Causes?
  4. Matter in Its Two Kinds
  5. On Potentiality and Actuality
  6. Quality and Form-Idea
  7. On Complete Transfusion
  8. Why Distant Objects Appear Small
  9. Against the Gnostics; or, Against Those that Affirm the Creator of the Cosmos and the Cosmos Itself to be Evil

The Third Ennead

  1. Fate
  2. On Providence (I)
  3. On Providence (II)
  4. Our Tutelary Spirit
  5. On Love
  6. The Impassivity of the Unembodied
  7. Time and Eternity
  8. Nature, Contemplation, and the One
  9. Detached Considerations

The Fourth Ennead

  1. On the Essence of the Soul (I)
  2. On the Essence of the Soul (II)
  3. Problems of the Soul (I)
  4. Problems of the Soul (II)
  5. Problems of the Soul (III); or, On Sight
  6. The Immortality of the Soul
  7. The Soul’s Descent into Body
  8. Are all Souls One?

The Fifth Ennead

  1. The Three Initial Hypostases
  2. The Origin and Order of the Beings following on the First
  3. The Knowing Hypostases and the Transcendent
  4. That the Intellectual Beings are not outside the Intellectual-Principle; and on the Nature of the Good
  5. That the Principle transcending Being has no Intellectual Act. What being has Intellection primarily and what being has it secondarily
  6. Is there an Ideal Archetype of Particular Beings?
  7. On the Intellectual Beauty
  8. The Intellectual-Principle, the Ideas, and the Authentic Existence

The Sixth Ennead

  1. On the Kinds of Being (I)
  2. On the Kinds of Being (II)
  3. On the Kinds of Being (III)
  4. On the Integral Omnipresence of the Authentic Existant (I)
  5. On the Integral Omnipresence of the Authentic Existant (II)
  6. On Numbers
  7. How the Multiplicity of the Ideal-Forms came into being; and on the Good
  8. On Free Will and the Will of the One
  9. On the Good, or the One

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