One book, the whole universe : Plato's Timaeus today by Barbara M. Sattler, Richard D. Mohr

By Barbara M. Sattler, Richard D. Mohr


The much-anticipated anthology on Plato’sTimaeus—Plato’s singular discussion at the production of the universe, the character of the actual global, and where of folks within the cosmos—examining all dimensions of 1 of an important books in Western Civilization: its philosophy, cosmology, technology, and ethics, its literary points and reception. Contributions come from prime students of their respective fields, together with Sir Anthony Leggett, 2003 Nobel Laureate for Physics. components of or previous types of those papers have been first awarded at the Timaeus Conference, held on the college of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in September of 2007.

To this present day, Plato’s Timaeus grounds the shape of moral and political considering referred to as usual Law—the view that there are norms in nature that supply the styles for our activities and floor the objectivity of human values. past the highbrow content material of the dialogue’s center, its literary body can also be the resource of the parable of Atlantis, giving the West the idea that of the “lost world.”

From Platonic area to Presocratic vortices, from Philosopher-Kings to Craftsman-Gods and from sleek physics to the parable of Atlantis, One booklet, the entire Universe presents in a single quantity the main up to date and penetrating scholarship on Plato’s Timaeus by the various maximum minds alive today.



Ann Bergren
Gábor Betegh
Sean Carroll
Alan Code
Zina Giannopoulou
Verity Harte
Thomas Kjeller Johansen
Charles H. Kahn
Anthony J. Leggett
Anthony A. Long
Stephen Menn
Richard D. Mohr
Kathryn A. Morgan
Alexander P.D. Mourelatos
Ian Mueller
Thomas M. Robinson
Barbara M. Sattler
Allan Silverman
Jon Solomon
Anthony Vidler
Matthias Vorwerk
Donald Zeyl

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His books include Plato’s Psychology, Contrasting Arguments: An Edition of the Dissoi Logoi, Heraclitus’ Fragments: A Text and Translation with a Commentary, and Cosmos as Art Object: Studies in Plato’s Timaeus. With David Gallop, he jointly edited the University of Toronto Press’ book series on Presocratic philosophy. Barbara M. Sattler is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. She and Richard D. ” Allan Silverman is Professor of Philosophy at the Ohio State University. He is the author of The Dialectic of Essence: A Study of Plato’s Metaphysics.

Which of these is actually realized depends on the Universe’s current mass density, at present a very poorly known quantity. However, this uncertainty does not affect conclusions regarding the past. The “hot big bang” cosmology raises a number of obvious questions, some of which certainly occurred to Plato. First, what was “before” the Big Bang? There are three obvious answers: (a) nothing, (b) a previous Universe, causally connected to ours, and (c) a previous Universe, causally disconnected from ours by a sort of “document-shredding” process at the Big Bang.

9 But their claims fell far short of what Plato took to be essential. 10 Plato’s Cosmic Teleology. How similar, however, is more similar? To come closer to grips with Plato’s conception of divine craftsmanship and rationality, I need to discuss two things that strongly distinguish his philosophical outlook from that of traditional Christianity as well as his Greek predecessors—strong body/soul dualism, and the hold that mathematics exercised on his philosophical imagination. Motive power, as we have seen, was a characteristic of the Olympian gods that the early Greek philosophers demystified when they identified their cosmic principles with such things as air or fire.

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