quote of the day

For such a unity as we have declared The One to be, how does anything at all come into substantial existence, any multiplicity, dyad, or number? Why has the Primal not remained self-gathered so that there be none of this profusion of the manifold which we observe in existence and yet are compelled to trace to that absolute unity?

Plotinus, The Enneads, quoted in Jonathan Schaffer, ‘Monism: The Priority of the Whole’, in Goff ed., Spinoza on Monism, p. 29.

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