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arete  Term Image (αρετη) Script Image
(Language:  Greek)
Alternate Spellings:
Short Description: exellence, goodness, virtue
Long Description: exellence, goodness, virtue; Plotinus makes distinction between the civic virtues ( politikai aretai) and the purificatory virtues (kathartikai aretai); Porphyry adds two other grades – the theoretic virtues ( theoretikai aretai) and the paradigmatic virtues ( paradeigmatikai aretai): the former being that of the soul which beholds nous within itself, the later being the virtue proper to the divine Intellect, Nous, itself; Iamblichus discerns seven grades of virtue which in an ascending order illustrate the anagogic path to the divine: natural, ethical, civic, purificatory, theoretic and paradigmatic virtues are crowned by the hieratic virtues (hieratikai aretai) that are proper to the One – they make the soul godlike ( theoeides) and unite with the First Principle through heurgy.
Source(s): The Golden Chain: An Anthology of Platonic and Pythagorean Philosophy, by Dr. Algis Uždavinys
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms