The Platonic Monotheism of Plotinus

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Abstract

This paper will examine the concept of deity articulated in the Enneads of Plotinus. This conception of the divine is best understood as a type of monotheism, rooted both in the Greco-Roman theological tradition and in Platonism. Seven principal points will be considered:
  1. 1.

    The articulation of transcendence developed by the Platonic schools;

     
  2. 2.

    The Plotinian account of hypostatic levels of reality;

     
  3. 3.

    The levels of the self and of its noetic states that correspond to these hypostases;

     
  4. 4.

    The unique character of the One’s ‘deep’ transcendence;

     
  5. 5.

    The use of ‘pointer’ terms and the centrality of contemplation.

     
The paper will then conclude with a discussion of two further points:
  1. 6.

    The relation of this Platonic monotheism to classical theism;

     
  2. 7.

    The challenge of Plotinian contemplative theology to abstract modeling of the divine.

     

Keywords

Late Antiquity Philosophical Theology Critical Advance Negative Theology Rational Intuition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesSt. Michael’s CollegeColchesterUSA

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