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Plato's Universe by Gregory Vlastos
Book DescriptionA distinguished Platonic scholar discusses the impact of the Greek discovery of the "cosmos" on man's perception of his place in the universe, describes the problems this posed, and interprets Plato's response to this discovery. Starting with the Presocratics, Vlastos describes the intellectual revolution that began with the cosmogonies of Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes in the sixth century B.C. and culminated a century later in the atomist system of Leucippus and Democritus. What united these men was that for all of them nature remained the inviolate, all-inclusive principle of explanation, precluding any appeal to a supernatural cause or ordering agency. In a detailed analysis of the astronomical and physical theories of the Timaeus, Vlastos demonstrates Plato's role in the reception and transmission of the discovery of the new conception of the universe. Plato gives us the chance to see that movement from a unique perspective: that of a fierce opponent of the revolution who was determined to wrest from its brilliant discovery, annex its cosmos, and redesign it on the pattern of his own idealistic and theistic metaphysics. This book is a reprint of the edition published in 1975 by the University of Washington Press. It includes a new Introduction by Luc Brisson.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781930972131
(210mm x 140mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Parmenides Publishing
Publisher: Parmenides Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gregory Vlastos
Studies in Greek Philosophy, Paperback (December 1996)
Gregory Vlastos (1907-1991) was one of the twentieth century's most influential scholars of ancient philosophy. Over a span of more than fifty years, he published essays and book reviews that established his place as a leading authority on early Greek philosophy. This title collects Vlastos' essays on Presocratic philosophy.
Socratic Studies, Paperback (December 1993)
The companion to Vlastos' highly acclaimed Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher.
Platonic Studies, Paperback (December 1973)» View all books by Gregory Vlastos
Consists of Gregory Vlastos' studies on a variety of themes in Plato's metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and social philosophy. This book offers solutions to crucial difficulties in this fundamental Platonic work. It contains extensively reviewed papers which comprise almost all of Gregory Vlastos' published work on Plato.
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Author Biography - Gregory Vlastos
Gregory Vlastos was Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, USA. He was the author of Platonic Studies (1973) and many articles and monographs on the Presocratics and Plato.
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