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Reading Plotinus: A Practical Introduction to Neoplatonism (History of Philosophy) (Purdue University Press Series in the History of Philosophy) Paperback – December 10, 2004
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In this respect, the book is a success. The translations and subsequent commentaries are arranged by topic and need not be read in order from first to last. And the reader should be reasonably well versed in core ideas such as the hypostases, the nature of the soul, etc., at least insofar as any commentator really understands the thoughts of Plotinus on these matters. The downside is that Corrigan opts for a very literal translation, and unfortunately Plotinus is already a writer infamous for his inability to be rendered clearly into English. That being the case, the casual reader would perhaps be better suited reading the commentary first, then reading and rereading the translated passages until it makes some kind of sense. But Plotinus is difficult in any medium, and someone new to this very sophisticated philosophical system could do worse than to start here.