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Proclus: Commentary on Plato's Timaeus

Volume 4. Book 3

Part 2. Proclus on the World Soul

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  • Date Published: December 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521845960

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  • In the present volume Proclus describes the 'creation' of the soul that animates the entire universe. This is not a literal creation, for Proclus argues that Plato means only to convey the eternal dependence of the World Soul upon higher causes. In his exegesis of Plato's text, Proclus addresses a range of issues in Pythagorean harmonic theory, as well as questions about the way in which the World Soul knows both forms and the visible reality that comprises its body. This part of Proclus' Commentary is particularly responsive to the interpretive tradition that precedes it. As a result, this volume is especially significant for the study of the Platonic tradition from the earliest commentators onwards.

    • Offers unparalleled insights into eight centuries of Platonic interpretation
    • This part of Proclus' Commentary is especially significant for the study of middle Platonism
    • English-Greek glossary and Greek word index allow readers with no Greek to locate important concepts in the translation
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    • Date Published: December 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521845960
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 157 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Notes on the translation
    Introduction to Book 3, Part II
    The background to Proclus' commentary on the world soul in Timaeus
    The structure of Proclus' commentary
    The contributions of Proclus' commentary
    Conclusion
    On the Timaeus of Plato: Book 3, Part II
    Analytical table of contents
    Translation
    References
    English-Greek glossary
    Greek word index
    General index.

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    Proclus

    Editor and Translator

    Dirk Baltzly, University of Tasmania
    Dirk Baltzly is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania. He was educated at Ohio State University and has worked previously at King's College London and Monash University. He has published widely on ancient Greek philosophy, with particular emphasis on late antique Platonism. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

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