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Elements of Theology

One and Multiplicity

The Elements begin with the proposition that "every manifold in some way participates in unity." Without some form of unity a multitude would fall apart into an infinity of infinite things. A multitude cannot, however, be itself the unity it participates in. It is not the One, but a unified manifold, having unity as an attribute, and is therefore posterior to the One itself upon which it depends. All things, then, derive their being ultimately from the One from which they proceed.

This One must be identified with the Good, since it is the proper function of the One to hold together all things and maintain them in existence, which is also the function of the Good. For to hold a thing together and make it one is to give it its perfection and well-being, whereas dispersion is the cause of its...

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