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TITLENeoplatonism and the Bahá'í Writings, Part 1
AUTHOR 1Ian Kluge
DATE_THIS2010
VOLUMEVolume 11
TITLE_PARENTLights of Irfan
PAGE_RANGE149-202
PUB_THISIrfan Colloquia
CITY_THISWilmette, IL
ABSTRACTAn examination of the Enneads of Plotinus and Proclus’ The Elements of Theology in Bahá'í terms, and as an aid in understanding the nature of the philosophy embedded in the Bahá'í Writings. Part 1.
NOTES Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #93, Louhelen Bahá'í School, Michigan (October 8-11, 2009).

Mirrored with permission from irfancolloquia.org/93/kluge_neoplatonism. See also Part 2.

TAGS- Philosophy; Enneads; Neoplatonism; Plotinus
 
CONTENT
Abstract:

This paper will analyze The Enneads of Plotinus and, to a lesser extent, Proclus’ The Elements of Theology in order to identify how their teachings agree with and differ from the Baha’i Writings. Our analysis will begin but not end with an examination of the doctrine of emanationism and its philosophical and theological implications. It will deal with such topics as the soul, the nature of God, apophatic theology, the meaning of union with the divine, the nature of matter, contemplation as action and descent and return.

We shall also do spend some time on a ‘meta-analysis,’ to evaluate to what extent Neo-Platonism and the philosophy embedded in the Baha’i Writings are similar types of philosophy, and ‘traveling’ in the same direction although not in agreement on all points. This will help us understand the nature of the philosophy embedded in the Writings.

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