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Plotinus On the Birth of Love (Ennead III, v, 9)

Plotinus and the interpretation of Plato's story of the birth of Love.

Plotinus On the Birth of Love (Ennead III, v, 9)

Plotinus wrote a treatise on Love,largely inspired by Plato's Symposium but adding to this his own deep understanding of the part that love plays in the unfolding of our potential. In the last section of this treatise he turns to the myth that Socrates re-tells in the dialogue concerning the birth of Eros (Love) from the union of Plenty and Poverty in the garden of Zeus.

We will begin the evening with a brief reading of the relevant passage in the Symposium and the last (ninth) section of Plotinus' treatise. We will then have an hour or so to delve deeply into the ideas he puts forward - and especially the relation of soul to Nous ("spirit" or "intellect"), and our desire for the good.

No previous experience of formal philosophy is required.

Entrance in free, but donations between £3-5 will be welcomed.

A PDF download of the extract we will be reading is available on our website together with further details of this and other Prometheus Trust's activities: www.prometheustrust.co.uk (the PDF is on the "London Monday Evenings" page.)


Tim Addey | talks | www


Date and Time:

7 March 2016 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road

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The Prometheus Trust
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