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Plotinus on Intellect

Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson

Abstract

This book focuses on Plotinus' notion of Intellect. Intellect comes second in Plotinus' hierarchical model of reality, after the One, which is an unknowable first cause of everything. Intellect is also the sphere of being, the Platonic Ideas, which exist as its thoughts. Plotinus' doctrine of Intellect raises a host of questions that the book seeks to answer: Intellect's thought is described as an attempt to grasp the One and at the same time as self-thought. How are these two claims related? How are they compatible? What lies in Plotinus' insistence that Intellect's thought is a thought of it ... More

Keywords: activity, Aristotle, being, discursive, idealism, limits of thought, non-discursive, Plato, self-thinking, self-awareness, the One, thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199281701
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281701.001.0001

Authors

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Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson, author
University of Oslo
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