90 - A Decorated Corpse: Plotinus on Matter and Evil
Plotinus struggles to explain the presence of suffering, evil and ugliness in a world caused by purely good principles – and tells us what role we should play in that world.
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• P. Remes, “Plotinus’ Ethics of Disinterested Interest,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (2006), 1-23.
• J.M. Rist, “Plotinus on Matter and Evil,” Phronesis 6 (1961), 154-66.