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Evil

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/10.1093/0198751478.003.0009
 Evil

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Plotinus identifies matter as absolute evil and as the principle of (secondary) evil – i.e. natural evil and moral evil (vice). This much‐disputed theory of evil is presented in its main lines, as are some of the difficulties it involves and some possible solutions. The world, as containing matter, contains evil, but this evil is integrated in a whole that is good.

Keywords: absolute evil; evil; matter; moral evil; natural evil; Plotinus; vice

Chapter.  3563 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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