Book V (Continued) Plato. 1905 Volume 3

Book V (Continued) Plato. 1905 Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: reproduced, briefly and in modern terminology, as follows: Plato is not thinking of motions actually performed before the creation, but a tendency, an ever-present resistance to orderly motion; it is merely for the sake of greater vividness in exposition that he speaks of this as an independent factor that had once manifested itself with untrammelled freedom. We should be glad to rest content with this explanation. It is barred, however, by the circumstance that exactly the same assertion of a chaos preceding the cosmos is found in the " Statesman;" and it is improbable in the highest degree that an author should have used the same figurative and misleading form of expression twice and in two quite different contexts. MOTION AND PRIMARY MATTER. 211 Turn and twist the matter as we will, there is no acquitting Plato of having confused time, if not with the measure of time--the heavens, with the sun, moon, and stars, are regarded by him as such a measure--yet with the time, which thereby became measurable. 4. We have been speaking of the disorderly motion which preceded the beginning of things. What, then, was it that moved? This is a point which Plato had not explained with perfect clearness. Are we therefore to join the number of those modern interpreters who credit him with the absurdity of assuming a motion which is a motion of nothing? Our view is rather that Plato recognizes, as substratum of this motion and of all processes of becoming, a kind of primordial matter, originally without form or qualities, which he terms sometimes the " nurse," and again the "womb" or the "mother," of all becoming. But this " dark and difficult" somewhat, destitute of reality in the fullest sense of the word, in face of which he confesses his perplexity with...
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  • English
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