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#### Section 2

2. What, then, of the "Number of the Infinite"?

To begin with, how is Number consistent with infinity?

Objects of sense are not unlimited and therefore the Number
applying to them cannot be so. Nor is an enumerator able to number
to infinity; though we double, multiply over and over again, we
still end with a finite number; though we range over past and
future, and consider them, even, as a totality, we still end with
the finite.

Are we then to dismiss absolute limitlessness and think merely
that there is always something beyond?

No; that more is not in the reckoner's power to produce;
the total
stands already defined.

In the Intellectual the Beings are determined and with them
Number, the number corresponding to their total; in this
sphere of our
own- as we make a man a multiple by counting up his various
characteristics, his beauty and the rest- we take each image of
Being and form a corresponding image of number; we multiply a
non-existent in and so produce multiple numbers; if we
number years we
draw on the numbers in our own minds and apply them to the years;
these numbers are still our possession.

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