Reason and Necessity

Reason and Necessity : Essays on Plato's "Timaeus"

Edited by M. R. Wright , Contributions by Andrew Barker , Contributions by Etc.

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Plato's "Timaeus" contains a powerful and influential myth, of the construction of the universe by a divine craftsman. A god imposed reason on necessity, to bring order from a primeval 'receptacle' of disordered matter. There results the 'child' that is the cosmos - a copy of an externally-existing perfect model. Here eight new essays, from an international cast of scholars, explore aspects of this challenging work: the principles of the mythical narrative, how the world soul and human body are formed, implications for illness - mental and physical - and the importance of music and harmonious proportion. Later developments are also treated: Aristotles' theory of generation, the commentary of Proclus and elements of modern evolutionary theory.

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  • Hardback | 191 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 498.96g
  • 31 Dec 2000
  • Classical Press of Wales
  • Swansea
  • English
  • 0715630571
  • 9780715630570

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M.R. Wright has published numerous papers on ancient philosophy. Her principal books are Empedocles: the Extant Fragments; Cicero: On Stoic Good and Evil; and Cosmology in Antiquity.

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