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Plato's Natural Philosophy: A Study of the Timaeus-Critias Hardcover – Jul 1 2004

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521790670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521790673
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
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"...lucid and carefully reasoned..."
-Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto

"The authors detailed analyses of the role of necessary conditions, matter, and space in explanations of the nature of sensible particulars, of the soul as structure and embodied existence, and of the casual role of perception in securing empirical knowledge are convincing. Highly recommended."

"[T]his monograph as a whole is plainly a major contribution to the study of the Timaeus, and will undoubtedly enhance the appreciation of that unduly neglected work."
-John Dillon, School of Classics, Trinity College, Ireland, Ancient Philosophy

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The Timaeus-Critias deals with cosmology and with Plato's claim that its central task is to articulate the way in which the cosmos manifests the values of goodness and beauty. Its study is therefore recommended if we are to lead better lives. This book examines this important dialogue in its entirety for the first time using the current methods of Platonic scholarship. It argues that Aristotle's physics is far closer to the Timaeus than usually realised. Other prominent findings reinforce the dialogue's essentially moral message, and elucidate its literary character.

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