History of Philosophy; From Thales to the Present Time Volume 1

History of Philosophy; From Thales to the Present Time Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...Philo of Alexandria, the Jew, had introduced the distinction between God and. his world-building forces, which latter constituted together the divine Logos; Plutarch of Chserouea had treated of God as unknowable in his essence and cognizable only in his world-constructing activity; Numenius of Apamoa had hypostatized God himself and the Demiurgo into two different beings, with whom the world was to be classed as a third; and Plotinus went further in the like direction. With Plato, he styled the Supremo Essence the One, the Good per se, but denied to it--what it still retained in the doctrines of Philo and Plutarch--the epithet of Being (to Ov), tor he taught that it transcended Being (infiaiva nfc ovaiac, cf. Plat, Rep., VI. 509, see above, p. 122); he also denied to it the faculty of thought--in opposition to Numenius--affirming that it was also exalted above the rational nature (inixtiva voijotu). Plotinus pays particular attention to the demonstration of his fundamental doctrine, that the One is exalted above the Nous. The treatise clussed by Porphyry as the eighth in the third Ennead, but which on didactic grounds might properly be placed at the beginning of the whole work, opens with the proposition with which the Metaphysics of Aristotle begins (' All men naturally seek after knowledge "), but in a modified and expanded form, viz.: " All things tend toward thought" Beupia, of which speculation is the etymological English equivalent.--IV.. He first introduces this assertion as a sort of playful prooeinium, and then proceeds to justify it by serious and extended argumentation. Nature, he says, is the unconscious, or, as it were, the sleepirg Logos, and she gives form to matter, tliat she may rejoice in that which she has formed, as in a...show more

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  • Paperback | 322 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236673794
  • 9781236673794