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‘One in the Beings’ and ‘One within Us’

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One of the main issues of Ioane Petritsi's Commentary on Proclus' Elements of theology is the relation between the transcendent One, on the one hand, and the 'oneness' in the beings, on the other hand. The latter is considered as the result of the omnipresence of the One and the basis for conversion of the beings to their causes, including indirectly their union with the One. This chapter discusses the problems of the relationship between different levels of unity in Petritsi's philosophy. The author thinks that it is exactly the process and result of epistrophe that makes evident the differences between the ones in different beings and also in different human individuals. Therefore, the oneness of the matter is exactly opposite to the oneness of the beings: the beings are one because they have form, and matter is one because it has no form and, correspondingly, no plurality.

Keywords: Ioane Petritsi's philosophy; Proclus' Elements of theology; transcendent One

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