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

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


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

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  • Publisher: Classical Press of Wales
  • Format: Hardback | 191 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Swansea
  • ISBN 10: 0715630571
  • ISBN 13: 9780715630570

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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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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.