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“Emanation,” from the Lat. emano (flow out), occurs in certain metaphysical conceptions of the structure and origin of the world. In these systems, reality consists of a hierarchy of being in which lower forms develop out of higher forms, and the multiplicity of the world ultimately derives from the unity of a first principle.

The idea occurs only rarely in classical Greek philosophy (Gk. aporroia, “outflow, emanation”), and then mostly in an epistemological connection (e.g., in Empedocles). Only in Gnosticism does it become significant metaphysically. Here with the he…

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Veldhuis, Ruurd, “Emanation”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E214>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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