HomeΦιλοσοφια: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 21 no. 2 (2020)

THE ONE AND DIFFERENTIATING PRINCIPLES OF HYPOSTASES IN PLOTINUS’ METAPHYSICS

Miroslav Vacura

 

Abstract:

Three hypostases and their relations form the core of Plotinus’ philosophical system. We claim that contrary to some interpretations, there are no overlaps or blurred borders between hypostases, and we demonstrate that mature Plotinus philosophy presents them as clearly defined and separated. This article begins by providing an overall overview of the structure of Plotinus’ metaphysics. We then briefly characterize each of the hypostases to provide firm support for our claims. After this exposition, we discuss the relations of these hypostases and metaphysical differentiating principles, firstly providing an overview of other viewpoints then describing our proposed interpretation. The concluding remarks provide a comparison of our reading of Plotinus with the main interpretative principles of his work