Nature, Contemplation, and the One

A Study in the Philosophy of Plotinus By John Deck

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Nature, Contemplation, and the One
A Study in the Philosophy of Plotinus
by John Deck

"This book must be read by all modern serious students of Plotinus." —R. Baine Harris, Director, International Society for Neoplatonic Studies

Subjects: Philosophy, Neoplatonism, Religion

5.5 x 8.5, paperback
152 pages

ISBN 10: 0-943914-54-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-943914-54-1

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Anthony Damiani's favorite study of Plotinus!

"This book must be read by all modern serious students of Plotinus." —R. Baine Harris, Director, International Society for Neoplatonic Studies

Anthony Damiani's favorite commentary on Plotinus, this incisive study offers an excellent brief introduction to all the fundamental themes in the Enneads. It focuses on how all Plotinus' central themes are woven together in Ennead III.8 ("Nature, Contemplation, and the One"). It will be of particular interest to students of Paul Brunton's mentalism, as it explores Plotinus' vision of how the physical world arises as Nature's "contemplation" of the World Soul.

"Plotinus' world of true being is not, except metaphorically, a world above the everyday world. It is the everyday world — not as experienced by sense, by opinion, or by discursive reasoning — but as known . . . by the best knowing power." —John Deck, from chapter 8

About John Deck

John Norbert Deck started teaching philosophy at Boston College in 1955, moved to Assumption University/University of Windsor in 1957, and continued teaching there until his death in 1979. In those years, his distinctive teaching style was influential at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Professor Deck’s specialties were metaphysics — Plotinus and Hegel. The book that emerged from his Ph.D. dissertation, Nature, Contemplation and the One (1967) was described by one authority (R. Baine Harris) as “the best book on Plotinus.”

Professor Deck also made substantial contributions to the understanding of scholasticism in “St. Thomas Aquinas and the Language of Total Dependence” in Aquinas: A Collection of Critical Essays (1969) and Metaphysics or Logic? (1989).

As a teacher, John Deck was best known for his introductory courses, especially “Dream Worlds vs. Real Worlds,” a course which asked if “the “ordinary man” lives in a world of dreams. In the departmental syllabus, students were warned: “There will be tests. No field-trips.” He also supervised more than twenty masters’ theses in his time at Windsor and was well-loved by grad students. Students returned to Windsor from all over the world for his funeral, to honor him and express their gratitude for the influence he and his teachings had upon them.

Each year, Windsor University awards the John N. Deck Memorial Prize in Philosophy.

To see John Deck's Wikipedia entry, click here.

Book Details

Anthony Damiani's favorite study of Plotinus!

"This book must be read by all modern serious students of Plotinus." —R. Baine Harris, Director, International Society for Neoplatonic Studies

Anthony Damiani's favorite commentary on Plotinus, this incisive study offers an excellent brief introduction to all the fundamental themes in the Enneads. It focuses on how all Plotinus' central themes are woven together in Ennead III.8 ("Nature, Contemplation, and the One"). It will be of particular interest to students of Paul Brunton's mentalism, as it explores Plotinus' vision of how the physical world arises as Nature's "contemplation" of the World Soul.

"Plotinus' world of true being is not, except metaphorically, a world above the everyday world. It is the everyday world — not as experienced by sense, by opinion, or by discursive reasoning — but as known . . . by the best knowing power." —John Deck, from chapter 8

About John Deck

Larson Publications photo of author John Deck

John Norbert Deck started teaching philosophy at Boston College in 1955, moved to Assumption University/University of Windsor in 1957, and continued teaching there until his death in 1979. In those years, his distinctive teaching style was influential at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Professor Deck’s specialties were metaphysics — Plotinus and Hegel. The book that emerged from his Ph.D. dissertation, Nature, Contemplation and the One (1967) was described by one authority (R. Baine Harris) as “the best book on Plotinus.”

Professor Deck also made substantial contributions to the understanding of scholasticism in “St. Thomas Aquinas and the Language of Total Dependence” in Aquinas: A Collection of Critical Essays (1969) and Metaphysics or Logic? (1989).

As a teacher, John Deck was best known for his introductory courses, especially “Dream Worlds vs. Real Worlds,” a course which asked if “the “ordinary man” lives in a world of dreams. In the departmental syllabus, students were warned: “There will be tests. No field-trips.” He also supervised more than twenty masters’ theses in his time at Windsor and was well-loved by grad students. Students returned to Windsor from all over the world for his funeral, to honor him and express their gratitude for the influence he and his teachings had upon them.

Each year, Windsor University awards the John N. Deck Memorial Prize in Philosophy.

To see John Deck's Wikipedia entry, click here.

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