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  • Print publication year: 1967
  • Online publication date: March 2008

Chapter 16 - From Intellect to matter: the return to the One

from Part III - PLOTINUS
Soul is, of Plotinus' three hypostases, the most wide-ranging and various in its activities. The way in which Soul proceeds from Intellect and is informed by returning upon it in contemplation is parallel to the way in which Intellect proceeds from the One. Though Soul remains closer and more intimately related to Intellect because Intellect has not the unique transcendence and total otherness of the One. At the very end of the descent from the One lies the utter negativity and darkness of matter, the absolute limit, one might say, for Plotinus in both the metaphysical and the colloquial sense. The mystical religion of Plotinus does not differ from other religions in any absence of moral seriousness. Amelius Gentilianus, from Etruria, appears in the Life of Plotinus as a pious, long-winded and rather pompous person. Porphyry, whose importance for the later development of Neoplatonism was much greater than that of Amelius.
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