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Speaking of 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/10.1093/0198751478.003.0006
 Speaking of the One

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The One, as first constitutive cause of all things, is prior to (‘beyond’) the highest form of thought and determinate being (Intellect). As such, it is not a possible object of thought and discourse. Plotinus establishes this transcendence and ineffability of the One very clearly, but also deals, as shown in this chapter, with the question as to how it is still possible to think and speak ‘about’ the One.

Keywords: discourse; ineffability; Plotinus; the One; transcendence

Chapter.  2289 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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