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Az anyag problematikája Plótinosz filozófiájában
The Problem of Matter in Plotinus’s Philosophy

Author(s): Csenge Enikő Élő
Subject(s): Philosophy, Metaphysics
Published by: Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem
Keywords: metaphysics; neo-Platonism; hypostasis; Plotinus

Summary/Abstract: According to the position of the Neoplatonic philosopher Plotinus (204–270/71) in Enneads I, 8 [53], matter (ἡ ὕλη) and evil (τὸ κακόν) are one and the same. In the first half of my paper, I try to present the views of the philosopher about evil, matter, and their identification focusing on two dissertations, II, 4 [12] and I, 8 [53]. In the second half of my paper, I focus on the contradictions of these works and passages, supplemented by an analysis of a numbered series of premises in Dominic O’Meara’s study, “The Metaphysics of Evil in Plotinus: Problems and Solutions”. O’Meara proposes a solution to the contradictory parts of Plotinus’ metaphysics of evil, but the series of premises seems just as contradictory and inconsistent in several places as the passages in the text. My aim is to shed light on the faltering elements of the series to present a clearer picture of Plotinus’s metaphysics of evil and matter.

  • Issue Year: XIII/2021
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 51-62
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Hungarian