By Svetla Slaveva-Griffin
Historic Greek Philosophy sometimes relied upon options of quantity to give an explanation for the tangible order of the universe. Plotinus' contribution to this practice, notwithstanding, has been usually passed over, if now not overlooked. the most cause of this, before everything look, is the Plotinus doesn't deal with the topic of quantity within the Enneads as pervasively because the Neopythagoreans or perhaps his personal successors Lamblichus, Syrianus, and Proclus. however, a detailed exam of the Enneads finds that Plotinus systematically discusses quantity relating to each one of his underlying ideas of existence--the One, mind, and Soul. Plotinus on Number deals the 1st finished research of Plotinus' inspiration of quantity, starting with its origins in Plato and the Neopythagoreans and finishing with its impact on Porphyry's association of the Enneads. it truly is major argument is that Plotinus adapts Plato's and the Neopythagoreans' cosmology to put quantity within the starting place of the intelligible realm and within the building of the universe. via Plotinus' safety of Plato's excellent Numbers from Aristotle's feedback, Svetla Slaveva-Griffin finds the founding father of Neoplatonism because the first post-Platonic thinker who purposefully and systematically develops what we may well name a thought of quantity, distinguishing among quantity within the intelligible realm and quantity within the quantitative, mathematical realm. eventually, the ebook attracts recognition to Plotinus' inspiration as a necesscary and basic linke among Platonic and past due Neoplatonic colleges of philosophy.