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Plotinus’ Neoplatonic Account Of Time

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The third phase of Plotinus' treatise On Eternity and Time articulates Plotinus' own account of the reality and nature of time. Time, for Plotinus as it was for Aristotle, is more closely related to motion than to any other aspect of natural existence. It most clearly manifests itself and its nature by way of motion and its temporality. Plotinus distinguishes time as such even from the temporal existence of temporal existents, even though the existence of time and our common conception of time pertains entirely to natural existence. For Plotinus, as for Aristotle, the natural universe is the temporal universe; and the temporal universe is the natural universe. One way to mitigate this tension is to recognize Plotinus' Neoplatonic approach to explicating something's reality and nature.

Keywords: Aristotle; nature; Neoplatonic approach; Plotinus' treatise; reality; temporality; time



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