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Procession and Decline

A. C. Lloyd

in The Anatomy of Neoplatonism

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780198238065
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597916 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238061.003.0004
 Procession and Decline

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Devoted to the key Neoplatonic concepts of procession and emanation. The two terms are taken to express the same idea, although procession is preferred as more neutral. Points out how procession can be explained in Aristotelian terms. More specifically, it is demonstrated how Plotinus’ notion of procession uses the Aristotelian theory of the actualization of an activity by a potency in order to explain how a higher activity can actualize a lower one. Finally, considers the doctrine of Proclus who expresses the procession, involving the theory of causal relation, in a way opposite to Plotinus.

Keywords: actualization; Aristotle; causal relation; emanation; One; Plotinus; potentiality; procession; Proclus

Chapter.  10618 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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