Philosophy Word of the Day – Emanation

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That which inevitably flows outward from the transcendental central principle of reality (“the One”) in the neoplatonic philosophy of Plotinus. Individual things, including human beings, are therefore presumed to be nothing more than the faint ripples left by a primordial big splash. The timeless reality of a central intelligence, Plotinus held, inexorably results in the formation of both soul as an active principle of organization and, eventually, inert matter.

(Via Philosophical Dictionary)

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