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Author: Dorothea Frede

things which are functionless: the Form of justice, say, or the Form of equality? Again, isn’t a Platonic carpenter supposed to copy the Form of table? Didn’t the demiurge imitate the Form of animal? But how can you copy or imitate a function? And in any case, doesn’t Plato say that the Form of table is

In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis
Author: Audrey L. Anton

on the claim that the myth is necessary for the interlocutors to get their discussion on the right path. The god, whom White calls “the demiurge” for convenience, is representative of the statesman. For White, this myth not only exhibits how a divine leader might rule, it also suggests that a

In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis

account of the constitution of the eyes. In the Timaeus passage the existence of the gods is presupposed, and it is number, and the notion ( ennoia ) of time, not of the demiurge, that result from perception. The notion of a divine maker was introduced much earlier in Timaeus’s account, but without

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In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis
Author: Marije Martijn

concerning the paradigmatic cause (expressed in hotou men oun an and pan in [b]), Proclus’ exegesis turns this passage instead into a list of conditionals, before applying two of those conditionals in a categorical form. If [something] is becoming, it has a Demiurge; if there is a Demiurge of the

In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis
Author: Harold Tarrant

’ adopts the voices of supernatural beings, from the demiurge in the Timaeus , through the muses of Republic VIII and the nymphs of the Phaedrus , down to the voice of the supreme philosopher in the Theaetetus . This is where Plato is philosophically inspired ( kata philosophian enethousiase, In Alc

In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis

contemplate these caused never existing contingents as the Platonic demiurge contemplated the various Forms subsisting independently of it. 6 Retrospect and prospect To overcome the widespread allegation of fallacy in the first part of the Third Way, we have portrayed Aquinas as invoking the obvious modal

In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis
Author: Arthur Ward

agent. This is sometimes seen as a Platonic notion, as Plato’s demiurge is the prototypical agent conferring purpose on that which he creates.3 In addition to 1 Ernest Nagel (1977) is an oft-cited opponent of natural teleology. For another contemporary critique see Davies 2001 and 2009. 2 For Aristotle

In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis
Author: Naoya Iwata

determining features of the universe by deducing them from the teleological principle that the demiurge produced it for the best or most beautiful ( Timaeus (= Ti. ) 29d7–30c1). 19 Timaeus alleges, for example, that the universe must be one, because it was crafted so that it looks like the model that is

In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis
Author: Christian Tapp

intuitive rst grasp, the universal reading seems slightly more convincing. In the end, the argument is about God. It is not about a demiurge with a strongly restricted eld of responsibility but about the universal source of being. Furthermore, (S6) follows immediately after the conclusion of the rst part of

In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis