1792. Thomas Taylor was one of the outstanding translators of the philosophical writings of the Greeks and Romans, and also published several original works on philosophy and mathematics. Many of his important contributions in these fields have been long out-of-print and are extremely difficult to obtain, having been issued in very small editions. Most of Taylor's translations have an archaic elegance which preserves the spirit of the older authors in a manner not evident in more recent translations. Taylor also added notes and commentaries which give valuable insight into the essential meaning often obscure in the actual text. The book encompasses Authentic Reality, which Plato recommends to all who aspire to wisdom, and which Plotinus outlines in his Enneads. It begins with The One, the highest and most abstract idea that the human mind can affirm, and shows how it perfectly manifests in the Gods, and then how it descends while at the same time remaining exempt, at each succeeding level of intellect, soul, and body. See the many other works by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
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Thomas Taylor (1758-1835) was an English Platonist and translator of Greek philosophic texts. He was the first to translate into English the complete works of Plato and Aristotle. His voluminous translations, original writings and articles represent the single most complete rendering of the ancient western philosophy and theology into English. A full collection of his works (original scans, paperbacks and ebooks) can be found online at: http://www.universaltheosophy.com/writings-taylor/ || Proclus is one of the most famous Platonic philosophers, referred to as the "Platonic Successor". He wrote voluminously on varied subjects of Greek philosophy, metaphysics, theology, etc., though the majority of his works were destroyed and are no longer extant. Of the works that remain extant, the most popular are his commentary on the Timaeus of Plato, "On the Theology of Plato" and his "Elements of Theology" (see biography by Marinus, and Thomas Taylor's summary "On the Writings of Proclus")
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