Passive potentiality in the physical realm: Plotinus' critique of Aristotle in enneads II 5 [25]

This article analyzes the status of passive potentiality of prime matter and sensible objects in Plotinus' Enneads . In particular, it will focus on Enneads II 5 [25] and confront it with other treatises, specifically Enneads III 6 [26]; II 6 [17]; VI 2 [43] and VI 3 [44]. It aims at offering a new interpretation of treatise 25 and at proposing a reconstruction of Plotinus' notion of change in the sensible realm that illustrates both his critique of Aristotle's notion of substantial change and his acceptance of Aristotle's view of qualitative change
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DOI 10.1515/agph.2011.002
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