Plotinus and the Bahá'í Writings:
Parts 1 and 2

By Ian Kluge

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #95
Bosch Bahá'í School: Santa Cruz, California, USA
May 19–23, 2010
(see list of papers from #95)

    This paper summarizes, builds on and expands the ideas presented in "Neoplatonism and the Baha'i Writings" in order to demonstrate how the work of Plotinus and his successors complements and offers new insights into the philosophy embedded in the Baha'i Revelation. Because the convergences and congruencies are numerous and far-reaching, it is my contention that to improve our philosophical understanding of the Writings, we must have some familiarity with Plotinus and his successors. I shall also conclude that in terms of philosophical affinities, the philosophy embedded in the Baha'i Writings is a unique type of objective idealism.

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