A History of Philosophy; With Especial Reference to the by Wilhelm Windelband

By Wilhelm Windelband

This Elibron Classics publication is a facsimile reprint of a 1901 version through the Macmillan corporation, ny.

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For all three philosophers, the One or God is not a “simple monad,” devoid of difference and multiplicity but possessing simplicity and unity. 7, 704B ). The center of the circle, the undifferentiated containment of all things, is not “first” a simple monad which “then” in addition to being itself also produces or undergoes differentiation. Rather, the containment is itself the unfolding, the overflow, multiplication, or differentiation, by which beings are distinct and so are beings. 25 For the entire content of any being is God present in it in a distinct, finite way, and, in virtue of this distinction and finitude, knowable in that being as its intelligible content.

When we see a reflection, we are not seeing nothing, or suffering a hallucination; nor are we seeing something other than what is being reflected. In seeing the appearance, we are seeing the real thing, as it appears; and yet we are not seeing the real thing itself (as Plato would say, “itself by itself”) at all. An appearance is and is not that which appears. It is in just this sense that since the forms are that which is, sensibles, as appearances of the forms, both are and are not, or are “in between” being and non-being (Republic 478d5–11).

The content of Intellect, which is the whole of being, is the One as it is given, as it appears to and in Intellect, which is necessarily as many. 14; cf. 16 Just as a Platonic form is one and makes its instances to be such instances by appearing many, so that the contents of the instances are differentiated appearances of the form, so the One “makes” all things by appearing multiply, so that the entire content of being is the differentiated appearance of the One in Intellect. When Neoplatonic vertical causation, or “procession,” is understood as the dependence of the determined on its determination and hence as the differentiated appearance of the unitary determination, it becomes clear that the production of the effect is not an activity on the part of the cause, distinct from the cause itself.

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