Seven Characteristics of Emanationism

Summary of a central Neoplatonic principle

1. The Whole and its Emanation is Unconscious and Unwilled

2. The Whole and its Emanation is Eternal

3. The Emanation of the Whole is Necessary

4. The Whole is Identical to the Totality of its Emanation

5. The Whole is Undiminished by its Emanation

6. The Emanation is Structured Hierarchically

7. The Direction of Emanation is Reversible, Allowing Subjective Reunion with the Whole

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