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noesis  Term Image (νοησις) Script Image
(Language:  Greek)
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Short Description: intellection, thought, intellectual intuition
Long Description: intellection, thought, intellectual intuition, pure intuitive apprehension which transcends the discursive reason and is related to nous; unified noetic intuition at different levels of reality; for Proclus, intelligible and at the same time intellective ( noeton hama kai noeron) Life, which is characteristic of the self-substantiated henads, exemplifies noesis as a process; at the highest ontological level, noesis provides union with the intelligible ( noeton) world through the so-called ‘flower of intellect’ ( anthos nou); for Iamblichus, the unifying power of the gods transcends all human noesis (which appears to resemble Plotinian dianoia), but this human noesis is a necessary part of ascent and co-operation with the divine; the supreme noesis is attainable only through the working of theurgy by the grace of god.
Source(s): The Golden Chain: An Anthology of Platonic and Pythagorean Philosophy, by Dr. Algis Uždavinys
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms