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The Infinite as the Matter (On the Problem of the Infinite in Plotinus' Metaphysics)

Volkova Nadezhda Pavlovna

PhD in Philosophy

researcher at Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences

119991, Russia, Moscow, str. Volkhonka, 14, bld. 5

go2nadya@gmal.com

DOI:

10.7256/2409-8728.2015.8.16339

Review date:

08-09-2015


Publish date:

22-09-2015


Abstract: The subject of the present research is the concept of the infinite in Plotinus's philosophy acts. Plotinus undertakes comprehensive and multilevel consideration of concept infinite, applying it both to a matter, and to number, and to life. Thus, the problem infinite in Plotinus' teaching can be considered in three aspects: first, infinity as the matter in intelligible and sensual worlds, secondly, infinity as an infinite number (an infinity problem in the Mind), and in the third, the problem of infinity of the One. In this article the author focuses on the first question. The main method of research is the comparative historical-philosophical analysis of texts of Plotinus, Aristotle, Simplicius and other ancient authors. Similar research in domestic science is undertaken for the first time. It is shown that Plotinus offers a new positive understanding of the infinite which was absent in thought of the classical era in Platon's and Aristotle' teachings relying on Pythagorean tradition. Plotinus declares infinite a necessary metaphysical element of both the intelligible world (Mind and Soul), and sensually perceived Cosmos.


Keywords: form, matter, infinite, apeiron, Aristotle, Anaximander, Ptotinus, mind, soul, cosmos
This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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