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Plotinus - Eighth Tractate - On emotion and will

Identifier

006368

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Here the argument is that we don't have free will because we are subject to unconscious or subconscious desires and emotions - not that we are in some way 'controlled' by higher powers

 

A description of the experience

Plotinus – Eighth Tractate – On Free will and the will of the One

Does the soul advance any reasoning which is free from emotion, and can a compelling imagination, an appetite drawing us where it will, be supposed to leave us masters in the ensuing act?  How can we be masters when we are compelled?

The source of the experience

Plotinus

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Activities and commonsteps

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Inherited genes

Commonsteps

Decision making

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