Plotinus must be classed with the thinkers who have tried to go beyond the conflict, I will not say between reason and faith (for in this form it depends upon historic circumstances yet to arise), but a conflict of a much more general order, the conflict between a religious representation of the universe, that is to say, a representation which gives meaning to our destiny, and a rationalistic representation which seems to do away with all meaning in anything like the individual destiny of the soul. It is because of his statement of the problem that Plotinus remains one of the most important masters in the history of philosophy.

Bréhier, Philosophy of Plotinus, 42


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