Plato's Natural Philosophy by Thomas Kjeller Johansen
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Plato's Natural Philosophy
By Thomas Kjeller Johansen

Plato's Natural Philosophy

A Study of the Timaeus-Critias

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Plato's Natural Philosophy by Thomas Kjeller Johansen

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Plato's dialogue the Timaeus-Critias presents two connected accounts, that of the story of Atlantis and its defeat by ancient Athens and that of the creation of the cosmos by a divine craftsman. This book offers a unified reading of the dialogue. It tackles a wide range of interpretative and philosophical issues. Topics discussed include the function of the famous Atlantis story, the notion of cosmology as 'myth' and as 'likely', and the role of God in Platonic cosmology. Other areas commented upon are Plato's concepts of 'necessity' and 'teleology', the nature of the 'receptacle', the relationship between the soul and the body, the use of perception in cosmology, and the work's peculiar monologue form. The unifying theme is teleology: Plato's attempt to show the cosmos to be organised for the good. A central lesson which emerges is that the Timaeus is closer to Aristotle's physics than previously thought.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521790673
ISBN-10: 0521790670
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 228
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Thomas Kjeller Johansen

Dr Thomas Kjeller Johansen is Reader in Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Aristotle on the Sense-Organs (0521 583381).

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