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The Anatomy of Neoplatonism$
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A. C. Lloyd

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238065

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238061.001.0001

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Procession and Decline

Procession and Decline

(p.98) 4 Procession and Decline
The Anatomy of Neoplatonism

A. C. Lloyd

Oxford University Press

Devoted to the key Neoplatonic concepts of procession and emanation. The two terms are taken to express the same idea, although procession is preferred as more neutral. Points out how procession can be explained in Aristotelian terms. More specifically, it is demonstrated how Plotinus’ notion of procession uses the Aristotelian theory of the actualization of an activity by a potency in order to explain how a higher activity can actualize a lower one. Finally, considers the doctrine of Proclus who expresses the procession, involving the theory of causal relation, in a way opposite to Plotinus.

Keywords:   actualization, Aristotle, causal relation, emanation, One, Plotinus, potentiality, procession, Proclus

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