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Plotinus on Number

Svetla Slaveva-Griffin


This book examines Plotinus’ concept of number, one of the most difficult and obscure topics in Neoplatonism. The book argues that Plotinus is the first philosopher who explains the Platonic “true number” and the quantitative mathematical numbers in a conceptually informed relationship as between an intelligible paradigm and its sense-perceptible image. Throughout the Enneads and especially in Ennead VI.6, the treatise On Numbers, Plotinus systematically peels off the layers of mathematical and quantitative perception from the concept of number to reveal that real number is the primary activit ... More

Keywords: Plotinus, Neoplatonism, Neopythagoreanism, number, multiplicity, intelligible realm, Plato, Aristotle, Ennead VI.6

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377194
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377194.001.1


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Svetla Slaveva-Griffin, author
Florida State University
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