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  • I’m not terribly familiar with Porphyry’s works, many that survive are fragmentary or quoted by secondary sources. It seems that the specific section of the letter does support a knowledge of Epicurean principles . Porphyry is of course best known for his biography of his master Plotinus and the his arrangement of the Enneads. He wrote some anti-Christian polemical works that did not survive except in secondary sources. He and his pupil Iamblichus did not see eye to eye on the interpretation of …
  • Porphyry is somewhat of an enigma due to the lack of complete extant writings. We know everything that we can possibly know about Plotinus from Porphyry. Most importantly we know who and what influenced Plotinus from Porphyry. Specifically, we learn that the teacher of Plotinus was Ammonius Saccus. We know he hated the Christians, but revered Jesus as a holy man. His writing and philosophy, like most of the Neoplatonists, is very technical and based in Platonic and Pythagorean principles.
  • Hello Epicureans, Your renewed discourse here has summoned me. Haha I smell Neoplatonism cooking in here. It smells a lot like a seafood curry and cigarette smoke in an apartment complex.😀 Hope all is well. Matt
  • Yeah, Neoplatonism and Stoicism deal in principles that eventually become unintelligible. The One is both immanent and transcendent, both outside reality and at the same time manifests as reality itself. Infinitely complex and yet can be reduced to extreme simplicity. I understood Plotinus and his Enneads and for years I considered him to be great thinker. However, in the end his system is just another bump in the road of a long line of philosophical systems that bear no fruit. He was just that.…
  • My philosophy is no philosophy these days. Life becomes much quieter when you don’t have other people’s speculations bouncing about in your consciousness.