Le nombre est-il une réalité parfaitement intelligible ? Une analyse de l'intelligibilité du nombre chez Plotin
Is the number an absolute intelligible reality? An analysis of the intelligibility of the number in Plotinus» CHORA 5/2007, pp. 97-109
The author investigates the number and its nature in Plotinus' works trying to solve the following question: what number is considered intelligible - the number in general or the number in particular? Three answers are given over this study. Thus, if the number is generally defined as intelligible (as Plotinus sometimes does), than the number in general is an intelligible reality (a general intelligible number, therefore, exists). On the other hand, if we make a distinction between numbers (the plural) and number (the singular), it seems that, for Plotinus, only the particular number could be considered clearly intelligible, while the number as a generic reality is not so. Actually, the final solution comes out from the agreement between these two divergent theses. This agreement is based on the idea of the total number: a number that is in the same time particular and general, a number who is the object of the final part of the present study.