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Short description: Philosophical discourse surrounding "The One"

Henology (from grc ἕν (hen) 'one') refers to the philosophical account or discourse on The One that appears most notably in the philosophy of Plotinus.[1] Reiner Schürmann describes it as a "metaphysics of radical transcendence" that extends beyond being and intellection.[2]

Areas of inquiry

Henology stands in contradistinction to several other philosophical disciplines. The term henology refers to the discipline that centers around The One, as in the philosophies of Plato and Plotinus. It is sometimes used in contradistinction to disciplines that treat being as their starting point (as in Aristotle and Avicenna), and also to those that seek to understand knowledge and truth (as in Kant and Descartes).[3]

See also


  1. John N. Deely (2001). Four Ages of Understanding. ISBN 9780802047359. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  2. Schürmann, Reiner; Lily, Reginald (2003). Broken Hegemonies. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. 143–144. ISBN 0-253-34144-2. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  3. Wyller, Egil A. (1997). Henologische Perspektiven II: zu Ehren Egil A. Wyller, Internales Henologie-Symposium. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi. pp. 5–6. ISBN 90-420-0357-X. Retrieved 25 March 2017.