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Plotinus on Intellect$
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Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281701.001.0001

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The Genesis of Intellect

The Genesis of Intellect

(p.69) 2 The Genesis of Intellect
Plotinus on Intellect

Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson (Contributor Webpage)

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The central question of this chapter is how Plotinus accounts for the fact that two seemingly quite different kinds of plurality arise at the level of Intellect: a duality of subject and object of thought and a plurality within the object of thought. It is proposed, with support from some central passages, that for him the thought of Intellect is first‐personal in the sense that its basic form is ‘I am F’. It is further argued that this kind of thought involves the merging of the two kinds of plurality, which coincide in the self‐thought characteristic of Intellect.

Keywords:   Thought, Self‐thought (self‐knowledge; self‐awareness), Being, Mysticism, Self (the ‘I’), Subject, Object, Inchoate intellect, Reflexivity

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