Emanationism – Definition

Emanationism is a theory particularly associated with neoplatonism, which accounts for the source and structure of reality in terms of a perpetual, spontaneous flowing out (emanation) from a trascendant principle, usually called God or the One.

Traces of emanationismoccur in earlier Greek philosophers, but it was formulated in its clearest and most influential guise by Plotinus and from him passed into medevial christian, jewish and islamic thought.

Man’s task in an emanationist universe is to turn back and contemplate his divine origin.

Except in certain mystical contexts, evolutionnist theories have completely discredited emanationism.

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