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The Great Chain of Being. Darius Williamson 4-24-07 HONR-3002-01. The Base Concept. Everything on earth is ranked by importance Interdependent link between groups of people. The Chain’s basic format. God as Spirit Spiritual Being(s) Human Beings The Animal Kingdom The Plant Kingdom

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the great chain of being

The Great Chain of Being

Darius Williamson

4-24-07

HONR-3002-01

the base concept
The Base Concept
  • Everything on earth is ranked by importance
  • Interdependent link between groups of people
the chain s basic format
The Chain’s basic format
  • God as Spirit
  • Spiritual Being(s)
  • Human Beings
  • The Animal Kingdom
  • The Plant Kingdom
  • The Material (Inert) World
the creator
The Creator
  • Plotinus is the original architect behind the Chain of Being
    • Got the ideas of perfectionism from Plato
    • Got the ideas of existence from Aristotle
  • Plotinus quotes from his Ennads writings:
    • ““The one is perfect because it seeks for nothing, and possesses nothing, and has need of nothing; and being perfect, it overflows, and thus its superabundance produces an Other.”
the vision behind the chain
The Vision Behind the Chain
  • 1. The top of the chain represents absolute perfection
  • 2. The chain represents all degrees of perfection; from highest to lowest
  • 3. The Chain is incomplete if there are unfilled gaps in between
  • 4. The universe is more perfect if all degrees of perfection are represented
    • This explains why the world is imperfect
  • 5. The bottom of the chain is represented as nothingness

Every point of the chain has some degree of perfection

the vision behind the chain cont
The Vision Behind the Chain (cont.)
  • 6. Every existing idea has some bit of truth
  • 7. Error is not something positive; truth is
  • 8. Evil is not something positive; good is
  • 9. Existence is a perfection
    • All perfections is the idea of an existing being
  • 10. Truth is default and existence is default
  • 11. Dependence is imperfection
  • 12. Things in the middle of the chain are dependent or contigent
the vision behind the chain cont7
The Vision Behind the Chain (cont.)
  • 13. The being at the top of the chain is independent and absolute (God)
  • 14. If A causes B, then B is more dependent than A
    • So dependent beings look for more independent beings for assistance
    • With every dependent being, there must be an absolute independent one
  • 15. God is either self-caused or uncaused
the chain s format during 16 th 17 th century england
God

Angels

Kings/Queens

Archbishops

Dukes/Duchesses

Bishops

Marquises/Marchionesses

Earls/Countesses

Viscounts/Viscountesses

Barons/Baronesses

Abbots/Deacons

Knights/Local Officials

Ladies-in-Waiting

Priests/Monks

Squires

Pages

Messengers

Merchants/Shopkeepers

Tradesmen

Yeomen Farmers

Soldiers/Town Watch

Household Servants

Tennant Farmers

Shephards/Herders

Beggars

Actors

Thieves/Pirates

Gypsies

Animals

Birds

Worms

Plants

Rocks

The Chain’s format during 16th/17th century England
how the chain affected 16 th 17 th century england
How the Chain affected 16th/17th century England
  • Setup the hierarchal society
  • Everyone believed their jobs are predestined by God
  • They only do good tasks, since it is expected of them to do so
  • Attitudes are shaped by their destined jobs in life
how the chain affected elizabeth
How the Chain affected Elizabeth
  • Her reputation came from her mother’s false reasons behind her ill fated assassination
    • Her rise to power was seen as a sign by God, despite the fact she was a woman and regarded as lesser than a man
how the chain affects us today
How the Chain affects us today
  • Distinguishes job classes
  • Reveals how certain people are treated above others
  • We are in control of our own destiny from our actions rather than God
works cited
Works Cited
  • “The Great Chain of Being.”
  • Grimes, Geoffrey. “Basic Concept: The Great Chain of Being Theory.” English 2327: Survey of American Literature. 6 Jun. 2004
  • Moran, Donna. “How We Think or The Great Chain of Being.” 1996
  • Suber, Peter. “The Great Chain of Being Theory.” English 2327: Survey of American Literature. 1997
  • "Great Chain of Being." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 24 Apr. 2007  .
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