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Plotinus: Omnipresence And Transcendence Of The One In VI 5[23]

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It is always a source of amazement that fundamental distinctions in philosophy can sometimes be lost. This is peculiarly true in the history of modern philosophy and often obscures the reading of thinkers like Plotinus, who is accused of being opaque and reveling in irrational mysticism while the actual difficulty is the loss of one of his major distinctions. The author have been increasingly appreciative of his neo-scholastic training, which makes it much easier to recognize the cogency of Plotinus? account of the One. This brief excursus of VI 5[23], the second part of the treatise entitled ?On the presence of being, one and the same, everywhere as a whole,? is designed to bring into relief the fundamental ideas that Plotinus uses to root all forms of immanence and omnipresence in a properly understood transcendence. For this purpose, this chapter presents a detailed analysis of VI 5[23] 1 and 4.1?13.

Keywords: neo-scholastic training; omnipresence; Philosophy; Plotinus; transcendence; VI 5[23]



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