Plato's Natural Philosophy: A Study of the Timaeus-Critias by Thomas Kjeller Johansen PDF

By Thomas Kjeller Johansen

Plato's discussion the Timaeus-Critias provides hooked up bills, that of the tale of Atlantis and its defeat via historical Athens and that of the construction of the cosmos through a divine craftsman. This e-book bargains a unified studying of the discussion. It tackles a variety of interpretative and philosophical concerns. subject matters mentioned comprise the functionality of the recognized Atlantis tale, the inspiration of cosmology as 'myth' and as 'likely', and the function of God in Platonic cosmology. different parts commented upon are Plato's options of 'necessity' and 'teleology', the character of the 'receptacle', the connection among the soul and the physique, using conception in cosmology, and the work's unusual monologue shape. The unifying subject is teleology: Plato's try and convey the cosmos to be organised for the great. A relevant lesson which emerges is that the Timaeus is towards Aristotle's physics than formerly thought.

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