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A 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 Details

ISBN: 9781930972131
ISBN-10: 193097213X
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 11mm)
Pages: 155
Imprint: Parmenides Publishing
Publisher: Parmenides Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States


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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.

Books By Author Gregory Vlastos

Studies in Greek Philosophy by Gregory Vlastos

Studies in Greek Philosophy

Paperback, December 1996
Socratic Studies by Gregory Vlastos

Socratic Studies

Paperback, December 1993
Platonic Studies by Gregory Vlastos

Platonic Studies

Paperback, December 1973