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Plotinus On Beauty On Beauty (Ennead I.6) is here translated by Stephen MacKenna (Boston: Charles T. Branford, 1918). This document is in the public domain. platonic-philosophy.org 1. Beauty addresses itself chiefly to sight; but there is a beauty for the hearing too, as in certain.
Plotinus also believes that the understanding of beauty comes with self-control, but he also thinks that you must have a mastery of the subject at hand, accompanied with the thought that “You must become wholly Godlike and wholly beautiful if you intend to see God and beauty” (Plotinus 62).
However, if beauty is entirely subjective—that is, if anything that anyone holds to be or experiences as beautiful is beautiful (as James Kirwan, for example, asserts)—then it seems that the word has no meaning, or that we are not communicating anything when we call something beautiful except perhaps an approving personal attitude.
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THIS page contains links to the Enneads of Plotinus, with direct links to each Tractate, Chapter and Ennead for the popular Stephen MacKenna translation. Links to other translations in English and French, commentaries, Greek text, critical editions and research resources are also supplied. English Translations. Thomas Taylor. 1792: An Essay on the Beautiful (repr. 1917).
Home. AN ESSAY ON THE BEAUTIFUL (From the Greek of Plotinus) Translated by Thomas Taylor. London John M. Watkins 21 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road 1917.