Excerpt from Plotinus: On the One and Good; Being the Treatises of the Sixth Ennead, Translated From the Greek Philosophy at a very early stage investigated the number and character of the Existents. Various theories resulted: some declared for one Existent, others for a finite number, others again for an infinite number, while as regards the nature of the Existents - one, numerically finite, or numerically infinite - there was a similar disagreement. These theories, in so far as they have been adequately examined by later workers, may be passed over here; our attention must be directed upon the results of those whose examination has led them to posit on their own account certain well-defined genera. These thinkers rejected pure unity on the ground of the plurality observed even in the Intellectual world; they rejected an infinite number as t reconcilable with the facts and as defying kwledge: considering the foundations of being to be genera rather than elements strictly so called, they concluded for a finite number. Of these genera some found ten, others less, others doubt more. But here again there is a divergence of views. To some the genera are first-principles; to others they indicate only a generic classification of the Existents themselves. Let us begin with the well-kwn tenfold division of the Existents, and consider whether we are to understand ten genera ranged under the common name of Being, or ten categories. That the term Being has t the same sense in all ten is rightly maintained. But a graver problem confronts us at the outset: - Are the ten found alike in the Intellectual and in the Sensible realms? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.