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Intellect and the One

Dominic J. O'Meara

in Plotinus

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198751472
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198751478.003.0005
 Intellect and the One

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Plotinus’ position that an (Aristotelian‐type) transcendent Intellect cannot be a first principle is presented in this chapter by means of a discussion of Plotinus’ theory of the priority of what is simple (non‐composed) as constitutive cause, and of his argument that transcendent Intellect is composite, presupposing therefore a prior cause that is absolutely non‐composite, the ‘One’.

Keywords: Aristotelian; composition; Intellect; the One; Plotinus

Chapter.  3604 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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