(c. 245—325)

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the chief Neoplatonist of the Syrian school. He held an elaborate theory of mediation between the spiritual and physical worlds, radically modifying the doctrine of Plotinus by duplicating the Plotinian One and distinguishing between its transcendental and creative aspects. This distinction lies at the basis of the negative (or apophatic) and affirmative theologies which have differentiated E. and W. theology.

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