Note on Neoplatonism

1.) Eternity is unified while time is diverse or multiform, i.e. what is peculiar about time is that all its perfections cannot be had together while all the perfections of eternity are.

2.) Evil requires that choosing one good exclude another, and so eternity is necessarily good and things in time are contingently good or evil.

(N.B. the life of the damned is eternal only in the sense of continuing for all time, and so is a sort of temporal existence.)

3.) Because eternity is the paradigm for unity, in the measure that a thing is one is is good, and vice versa.

4.) Because the contingent reduces to the necessary, causality follows the Good and the One.

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2 Comments

  1. Lucretius said,

    April 24, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    I would like to hear your thoughts on the Platinum rule, if you all wouldn’t mind 🙂

    Christi pax.

  2. t3ophilius said,

    April 27, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Don’t remember who said it, perhaps Plotinus: time imitates eternity


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