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  • Page extent: 228 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.51 kg

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  • LC Classification: B387 .J64 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Plato.--Timaeus
    • Cosmology
    • Plato.--Critias
    • Teleology

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521790673 | ISBN-10: 0521790670)

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The Timaeus-Critias is concerned with cosmology and Plato's claim that its central task is to articulate the way in which the cosmos manifests the values of goodness and beauty. This book examines this important dialogue in its entirety using current methods of Platonic scholarship. Arguing that Aristotle's physics is far closer to the Timaeus than usually realized, the study's other prominent findings reinforce the dialogue's essentially moral message, and clarify its literary character.


Acknowledgements; Introduction: Plato's tales of teleology; 1. What is the Timaeus-Critias about?; 2. The status of the Atlantis story; 3. The status of Timaeus' account; 4. Teleology and craftsmanship; 5. Necessity and teleology; 6. Space and motion; 7. Body, soul and tripartition; 8. Perception and cosmology; 9. Dialogue and dialectic; Epilogue; Bibliography; General index; Index locorum.


"...lucid and carefully reasoned..."
-Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto

"The authors detailed analyses of the role of necessary conditions, matter, and space in explanations of the nature of sensible particulars, of the soul as structure and embodied existence, and of the casual role of perception in securing empirical knowledge are convincing. Highly recommended."

"[T]his monograph as a whole is plainly a major contribution to the study of the Timaeus, and will undoubtedly enhance the appreciation of that unduly neglected work."
-John Dillon, School of Classics, Trinity College, Ireland, Ancient Philosophy

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