Proclus: Commentary on Plato's Timaeus: Volume 3, Book 3, by Proclus

By Proclus

Proclus' observation on Plato's discussion Timaeus is arguably crucial observation on a textual content of Plato, delivering exceptional insights into 8 centuries of Platonic interpretation. This 2007 variation provided the 1st new English translation of the paintings for almost centuries, development on major advances in scholarship on Neoplatonic commentators. It presents a useful list of early interpretations of Plato's discussion, whereas additionally providing Proclus' personal perspectives at the which means and importance of Platonic philosophy. the current quantity, the 3rd within the version, deals a considerable creation and notes designed to aid readers strange with this writer. It offers Proclus' model of Plato's account of the weather and the mathematical proportions which bind jointly the physique of the realm.

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Summary of the view on the fifth element, 99 2. The proportion between the elements, 101 35 Analytical table of contents H. Lexis (Tim. 32b9–c4), 103 1. From these . . four in number, 103 2. having friendship from these things . . 105 3. it could not be undone by anything . . 107 4. other than the one through whom it was bound, 108 III. The third gift of the Demiurge: a whole of wholes, 109 A. Theoria (Tim. 32c5–8), 109 1. Problem: Plato’s teaching and the Chaldean Oracles, 110 B. Theoria (Tim.

6). Since a man is not wise in virtue of anything other than wisdom, so perhaps we may infer that Antiochus and Varro held that the cosmos is not a god in virtue of anything other than its soul. Specifically, the character of the cosmos’ body is only relevant to its status as a god in a negative way: an embodied god would have to possess a body that gave it no trouble – unlike the way in which our bodies impede our functioning. On this view, the most such a god’s body could contribute to its divine status would be to stay out of the divine soul’s way!

14). It is complete in the sense that it contains the whole of each of the elements. Therefore, it is one of a kind, since there is nothing from which another cosmos could be made. Moreover, it will be everlasting, since there will be no external source for its decay or destruction. Alternatively, Proclus says, we could start from the fact that the world is single and argue to its completeness and perpetuity. Each of these factors is implicated in the divinity of the cosmos. Completeness is one and the same with perfection: it is missing nothing.

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