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The Derivation of All Things from the One (II)

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/10.1093/0198751478.003.0008
 The Derivation of All Things from the One (II)

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Concerns the last stage of derivation, that of the physical world from soul. Plotinus’ interpretation of Plato's Timaeus is presented, as is his rejection of an ‘artisanal’ mode of production (the demiurge) of the world, in favour of contemplation as productive. Nature, time, and matter, as aspects of cosmology, are also discussed.

Keywords: contemplation; cosmology; demiurge; matter; nature; Plato; Plotinus; Timaeus; time

Chapter.  3437 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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