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Plotinus conceives of reality as hierarchically ordered. At the top there is the One, also called the Good. It is the simplest or most unified 'thing' there is. It is so unified, in fact, that it contains no distinctions whatsoever. This implies that it isn't really correct to call it a 'thing', as I just did: it is 'beyond being' in the sense that there is nothing it can be said to be, nothing that can be predicated of it as such.
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None of this applies to the One. So if in spite of this we insist on calling it a thing, we must realize that it is no ordinary thing and in many ways defies the logic of things. It goes together with this view that the One cannot be thought or known: to think or to know something is to think or know what it is , to know the being of the thing thought about.
This absolutely simple One is the cause of everything else. How does Plotinus arrive at such a first principle? If we are to make any sense of the sensible world around us as a whole and of individual things in it such as the animal species and their parts and attributes, we must posit intelligible principles, Platonic Ideas. This prompts Plotinus to posit a level of intelligible principles above the sensible realm. This quest for principles is a quest for something which explains the features of the sensible realm. Moreover, true to Plato and many other Greek thinkers, Plotinus demands that his principles possess the features they are to explain in other things in such a way that the question does not arise with respect to the principles why they possess these features.
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Synopsis Plotinus AD is considered the founder of Neoplatonism, the dominant philosophical movement of late antiquity, and a rich seam of current scholarly interest. Whilst Plotinus' influence on the subsequent philosophical tradition was enormous, his ideas can also be seen as theculmination of some implicit trends in the Greek tradition from Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics.