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The 1st book-length philosophical learn at the Presocratic impacts in Plotinus' Enneads.

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This clarification was the work of Plato’s Parmenides, a dialogue which rightly took the name of the Presocratic Parmenides as the pioneer of the unity of Being. In fact, the original Parmenides is primarily criticized because, as we mentioned before, on the one hand he characterizes Being as One in fr. 6, but, on the other, he attributes to this One “many signs,” or “many predicates” in fr. 2–3. Then, with regard to Parmenides, since his Being has “many signs” it cannot be Plotinus’ One; the First Hypostasis.

70 Similarly, J. M. ”71 Following a similar line of interpretation, C. ”72 Furthermore, this negative attitude towards Presocratic sources in Plotinus has led most contemporary Presocratic commentators to exclude the Enneads from their studies. It is worth noting that H. Diels, for instance, includes only limited citations from Plotinus’ Enneads, and omits apparent references to the Presocratics which could easily serve as later testimonies to these philosophers. But, in contrast to these judgments, the text of the Enneads leads us in the opposite direction.

17–26 for their riddling statements on the ensouled body. 27–32 seems to accept the supremacy and singularity of the Pythagorean Monad. The passage on the etymology of Apollo and the identification with the One justifies this claim. 26–30 is unique in the Enneads. 5. The mystical connotation of the passage can also be justified by the last lines of the chapter where Plotinus speaks of the One as a name for unifying the mind of the seer by indicating simplicity beyond any quantitive or qualitative plurality, or perceptual or spiritual multiplicity.

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