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Author Johansen, T. K.

Title Plato's natural philosophy : a study of the Timaeus-Critias / Thomas Kjeller Johansen
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 218 pages)
Contents Introduction : Plato's tales of teleology -- What is the Timaeus-Critias about? -- The status of the Atlantis story -- The status of Timaeus' account -- Teleology and craftsmanship -- Necessity and teleology -- Space and motion -- Body, soul, and tripartition -- Perception and cosmology -- Dialogue and dialectic
Summary 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 relatio
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-206) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Plato. Critias.
Plato. Timaeus.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511839618 (e-book)
1107321344 (electronic bk.)
9780511839610 (e-book)
9781107321342 (electronic bk.)