Single Idea 21819

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 1. Goodness / a. Form of the Good]

Full Idea

In Plato the order of generation is from the Good, the Intellectual-Principle; from the Intellectual-Principle, the Soul.

Gist of Idea

Plato says the Good produces the Intellectual-Principle, which in turn produces the Soul


report of Homer (The Iliad [c.850 BCE], 509b) by Plotinus - The Enneads 5.1.08

Book Reference

Plotinus: 'The Enneads', ed/tr. Mackenna,Stephen [Penguin 1991], p.357

A Reaction

The doctrine of Plotinus merely echoes Plato, in that case, except that the One replaces the Form of the Good. Does this mean that what is first in Plotinus is less morally significant, and more concerned with reason and being?

Related Idea

Idea 21818 Being depends on the Good, which is not itself being, but superior to being [Plato]