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Plotinus On Quality And Immanent Form

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This chapter discusses Plotinus' view of quality, in order to shed light on Plotinus' ontology and on the relation between sensible and intelligible world, most especially. It shows that Plotinus does have a coherent theory about quality which is considerably different from that of Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics, and is quite distinct in the history of philosophy. Plato in the Theaetetus was the first to introduce the term quality, with the caution that this is a strange term, to signify what is affected in a certain way by an active cause. Plotinus understanding of quality is inspired by Plato, but it is also very much influenced by Aristotles relevant views. In Plotinus view immanent Form is by no means the cause of something being what it is, but one quality among others of a sensible entity. The chapter further explains the alleged tension between Plotinus' epistemology and metaphysics.

Keywords: Aristotle; immanent Form; metaphysics; Plato; Plotinus; quality; Stoics



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