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  1. Irrigating Blood: Plato on the Circulatory System, the Cosmos, and Elemental Motion.Douglas Campbell - forthcoming - Journal of the History of Philosophy.
    This article concerns the so-called irrigation system in the Timaeus’ biology (77a-81e), which replenishes our body’s tissues with resources from food delivered as blood. I argue that this system functions mainly by the natural like-to-like motion of the elements and that the circulation of blood is an important case study of Plato’s physics. We are forced to revise the view that the elements attract their like. Instead, similar elements merely tend to coalesce with each other in virtue of their tactile (...)
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  2. What Time is Not.Thomas Seissl - forthcoming - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition:1-28.
    In one of the most famous but equally obscure passages in the Timaeus, Plato describes the generation of time and the heavens. The “moving image of eternity” (37d5) is commonly read as Plato’s most general characterisation of time. Rémi Brague famously challenged the traditional interpretation on linguistic grounds by claiming that Plato actually did not conceive of time as an image (εἰκών) but rather as a number (ἀριθμός). In this paper, I shall claim that this controversy is by no means (...)
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  3. Plato's Theory of Reincarnation: Eschatology and Natural Philosophy.Douglas R. Campbell - 2022 - Review of Metaphysics 75 (4):643-665.
    This paper concerns the place of Plato’s eschatology in his philosophy. I argue that the theory of reincarnation appeals to Plato due to its power to explain how non-human animals came to be. Further, the outlines of this theory are entailed by other commitments, such as that embodiment disrupts psychic functioning, that virtue is always rewarded and vice punished, and that the soul is immortal. I conclude by arguing that Plato develops a view of reincarnation as the chief tool that (...)
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  4. The Soul’s Tomb: Plato on the Body as the Cause of Psychic Disorders.Douglas R. Campbell - 2022 - Apeiron 55 (1):119-139.
    I argue that, according to Plato, the body is the sole cause of psychic disorders. This view is expressed at Timaeus 86b in an ambiguous sentence that has been widely misunderstood by translators and commentators. The goal of this article is to offer a new understanding of Plato’s text and view. In the first section, I argue that although the body is the result of the gods’ best efforts, their sub-optimal materials meant that the soul is constantly vulnerable to the (...)
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  5. Located in Space: Plato’s Theory of Psychic Motion.Douglas R. Campbell - 2022 - Ancient Philosophy 42 (2):419-442.
    I argue that Plato thinks that the soul has location, surface, depth, and extension, and that the Timaeus’ composition of the soul out of eight circles is intended literally. A novel contribution is the development of an account of corporeality that denies the entailment that the soul is corporeal. I conclude by examining Aristotle’s objection to the Timaeus’ psychology and then the intellectual history of this reading of Plato.
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  6. The Ontology of Images in Plato’s Timaeus.Samuel Meister - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 30 (6):909-30.
    In the Timaeus, Plato’s Timaeus offers an account of the sensible world in terms of “images” of forms. Often, images are taken to be particulars: either objects or particular property instances (tropes). Contrary to this trend, I argue that images are general characteristics which are immanent in the receptacle, or bundles of such characteristics. Thus, the entire sensible world can be analysed in terms of immanent general characteristics, the receptacle, and forms. Hence, for Timaeus, fundamentally, there are no sensible particulars. (...)
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  7. Before the Creation of Time in Plato’s Timaeus.Daniel Vázquez - 2022 - In Daniel Vázquez & Alberto Ross (eds.), Time and Cosmology in Plato and the Platonic Tradition. pp. 111–133.
    I defend, against its more recent critics, a literal, factual, and consistent interpretation of Timaeus’ creation of the cosmos and time. My main purpose is to clarify the assumptions under which a literal interpretation of Timaeus’ cosmology becomes philosophically attractive. I propose five exegetical principles that guide my interpretation. Unlike previous literalists, I argue that assuming a “pre-cosmic time” is a mistake. Instead, I challenge the exegetical assumptions scholars impose on the text and argue that for Timaeus, a mere succession (...)
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  8. Self‐Motion and Cognition: Plato's Theory of the Soul.Douglas R. Campbell - 2021 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 59 (4):523-544.
    I argue that Plato believes that the soul must be both the principle of motion and the subject of cognition because it moves things specifically by means of its thoughts. I begin by arguing that the soul moves things by means of such acts as examination and deliberation, and that this view is developed in response to Anaxagoras. I then argue that every kind of soul enjoys a kind of cognition, with even plant souls having a form of Aristotelian discrimination (...)
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  9. On globes, the Earth and the Cybernetics of Grace.Claudia Westermann - 2021 - Technoetic Arts 19 (1):29-47.
    The article presents an enquiry into conceptions of ‘global’ that began at the American Society for Cybernetics 2020 Global Conversation conference. Following the traces of Margaret Mead’s statement that emphasized that the first photographic images of the Earth from space presented notions of fragility, the article contextualizes the recent critique of the dominant representation of the Earth as a globe that emerged in conjunction with the discourse on the Anthropocene. It analyses the globe as an image and the sentiments that (...)
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  10. Aristotle’s Critique of Timaean Psychology.Jason W. Carter - 2017 - Rhizomata 5 (1):51-78.
    Of all the criticisms that Aristotle gives of his predecessors’ theories of soul in De anima I.3–5, none seems more unmotivated than the ones directed against the world soul of Plato’s Timaeus. Against the current scholarly consensus, I claim that the status of Aristotle’s criticisms is philosophical rather than eristical, and that they provide important philosophical reasons, independent of Phys. VIII.10 and Metaph. Λ.6, for believing that νοῦς is without spatial extension, and that its thinking is not a physical motion.
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  11. Making Room for Particulars: Plato’s Receptacle as Space, Not Substratum.Christopher Buckels - 2016 - Apeiron 49 (3):303-328.
    The ‘traditional’ interpretation of the Receptacle in Plato’s Timaeus maintains that its parts act as substrata to ordinary particulars such as dogs and tables: particulars are form-matter compounds to which Forms supply properties and the Receptacle supplies a substratum, as well as a space in which these compounds come to be. I argue, against this view, that parts of the Receptacle cannot act as substrata for those particulars. I also argue, making use of contemporary discussions of supersubstantivalism, against a substratum (...)
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  12. Platons pragmatische Kosmologie: Zur Metapher von Vorbild und Abbild im Timaios.Pascal Emmenegger - 2016 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 19 (1):1-20.
  13. Copernicus: Platonist Astronomer-Philosopher. Cosmic Order, the Movement of the Earth, and the Scientific Revolution.Anna De Pace - 2015 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 29 (3):337-340.
  14. One Book, The Whole Universe: Plato's Timaeus Today. [REVIEW]Han Baltussen - 2012 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (1):132-133.
    A new volume on one of the most influential and most discussed works from antiquity should offer something new. In this truly interdisciplinary volume, a great number of intriguing problems posed by Plato's Timaeus are given a fresh and lucid treatment. Contributors from an unusual range of backgrounds reflect on aspects of Plato's astounding synthesis of natural philosophy, including cosmology, theology, perception, physiology, and more. Plato's synthesis was original, reusing previous ideas for a new vision of the structure and coherence (...)
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  15. One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today, Eds. Richard D. Mohr and Barbara M. Sattler. [REVIEW]Jason W. Carter - 2012 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (1):170-173.
  16. Creatio ex nihilo – a genuinely philosophical insight derived from Plato and Aristotle? Some notes on the treatise on the harmony between the two Sages.Benjamin Gleede - 2012 - Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 22 (1):91-117.
    The article aims at demonstrating that in attributing the creatio ex nihilo to both Plato and Aristotle as their unanimous philosophical conviction the Treatise on the Harmony between the Two Sages deeply depends upon the Neoplatonic reading of those two philosophers. The main obstacles for such a view in the works of the two sages are Plato's assumption of a precosmic chaos in the Timaeus and Aristotle's denial of any efficient causality to the unmoved mover in the Metaphysics. Both of (...)
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  17. Phaedrus' cosmology in the symposium: A reappraisal.Jordi Pàmias - 2012 - Classical Quarterly 62 (2):532-540.
  18. A Likely Account of Necessity: Plato’s Receptacle as a Physical and Metaphysical Foundation for Space.Barbara Sattler - 2012 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (2):159-195.
    This paper aims to show that—and how—Plato’s notion of the receptacle in the Timaeus provides the conditions for developing a mathematical as well as a physical space without itself being space. In response to the debate whether Plato’s receptacle is a conception of space or of matter, I suggest employing criteria from topology and the theory of metric spaces as the most basic ones available. I show that the receptacle fulfils its main task–allowing the elements qua images of the Forms (...)
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  19. Platons Zeittheorie: Kosmos, Seele, Zahl Und Ewigkeit Im "Timaios".Ernst A. Schmidt - 2012 - Vittorio Klostermann.
  20. Nature and Divinity in Plato's Timaeus.Sarah Broadie - 2011 - Cambridge University Press.
    Plato's Timaeus is one of the most influential and challenging works of ancient philosophy to have come down to us. Sarah Broadie's rich and compelling study proposes new interpretations of major elements of the Timaeus, including the separate Demiurge, the cosmic 'beginning', the 'second mixing', the Receptacle and the Atlantis story. Broadie shows how Plato deploys the mythic themes of the Timaeus to convey fundamental philosophical insights and examines the profoundly differing methods of interpretation which have been brought to bear (...)
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  21. Pre-Cosmic Necessity in Plato's Timaeus.Elizabeth Jelinek - 2011 - Apeiron 44 (3):287-305.
    One aim of this paper is to bring to the surface the problems with the traditional, non-literal interpretation of the pre-cosmos in the Timaeus. Contrary to this traditional interpretation, I show that Necessity is an ateleological cause capable of bringing about the events in the pre-cosmos, and that Intelligence is a teleological cause that produces effects only for the sake of maximizing the good. I conclude that there are no grounds for supposing that Intelligence is a causal force operating in (...)
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  22. The Order Question: Climbing the Ladder of Love in Plato’s Symposium.Richard Foley - 2010 - Ancient Philosophy 30 (1):57-72.
  23. Dialectical Method and the Structure of Reality in the Timaeus.Cristina Ionescu - 2010 - Ancient Philosophy 30 (2):299-318.
  24. One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato's Timaeus Today: Plato's Timaeus Today.Richard Mohr (ed.) - 2010 - Parmenides Publishing.
    The much-anticipated anthology on Plato’s_Timaeus_—Plato’s singular dialogue on the creation of the universe, the nature of the physical world, and the place of persons in the cosmos—examining all dimensions of one of the most important books in Western Civilization: its philosophy, cosmology, science, and ethics, its literary aspects and reception. Contributions come from leading scholars in their respective fields, including Sir Anthony Leggett, 2003 Nobel Laureate for Physics. Parts of or earlier versions of these papers were first presented at the (...)
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  25. One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato's Timaeus Today.Richard D. Mohr & Barbara M. Sattler (eds.) - 2010 - Parmenides.
    A collection of essays from major scholars in the field as well as from people in a wide range of other disciplines to which the Timaeus and its reception have been of relevance, from architecture and film studies to physics.
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  26. A time for learning and for counting – Egyptians, Greeks and empirical processes in Plato’s Timaeus.Barbara M. Sattler - 2010 - In Richard Mohr & Barbara M. Sattler (eds.), One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today. Parmenides Press. pp. 249-266.
    This paper argues that processes in the sensible realm can be in accord with reason in the Timaeus, since rationality is understood here as being based on regularity, which is conferred onto processes by time. Plato uses two different temporal structures in the Timaeus, associated with the contrast there drawn between Greek and Egyptian approaches to history. The linear order of before and after marks natural processes as rational and underlies the Greek treatment of history. By contrast, a bidirectional temporal (...)
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  27. Persian Cosmos and Greek Philosophy: Plato's Associates and the Zoroastrian Magoi.Phillip Sidney Horky - 2009 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 37:47-103.
    Immediately upon the death of Plato in 347 BCE, philosophers in the Academy began to circulate stories involving his encounters with wisdom practitioners from Persia. This article examines the history of Greek perceptions of Persian wisdom and argues that the presence of foreign wisdom practitioners in the history of Greek philosophy has been undervalued since Diogenes Laertius.
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  28. Plato's dualism : the cosmos as active and passive power.Juhani Pietarinen - 2009 - In Juhani Pietarinen & Valtteri Viljanen (eds.), The World as Active Power: Studies in the History of European Reason. Brill.
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  29. Plato’s Cosmology and its Ethical Dimensions.Timothy A. Mahoney - 2008 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82 (2):361-366.
  30. Plato's Necessity Revisited.Vladimír Mikeš - 2008 - Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 5:35-48.
    The paper offers an interpretation of Plato’s Necessity in the Timaeus according to which Necessity is an entity which manifests itself in different ways at different stages of the creation of the Universe. The main argument aims to show that Necessity gains at least two different meanings in the course of the creation as described by Plato – that of limiting consequences and that of purposeless motion ; that despite the fact that Necessity is not a self-sustained principle, it has (...)
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  31. How Is the Third Kind in Plato’s Timaeus a Receptacle?Joshua J. Reynolds - 2008 - Ancient Philosophy 28 (1):87-104.
  32. Die Beseelung des Kosmos. Untersuchungen zur Kosmologie, Seelenlehre und Theologie in Platons Phaidon und Timaios. [REVIEW]Gerald Bechtle - 2007 - The Classical Review 57 (1):35-36.
  33. Plato’s Cosmology and Its Ethical Dimensions. [REVIEW]Gábor Betegh - 2007 - Isis 98:619-620.
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  34. Plato's cosmology and its ethical dimensions. [REVIEW]Paul Carelli - 2007 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (2):322-323.
    Paul Carelli - Plato's Cosmology and its Ethical Dimensions - Journal of the History of Philosophy 45:2 Journal of the History of Philosophy 45.2 322-323 Muse Search Journals This Journal Contents Reviewed by Paul Carelli University of Kentucky Gabriela Roxana Carone. Plato's Cosmology and its Ethical Dimensions. Cambridge-New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. ix + 319. Cloth, $70.00. The ethical implications of Plato's late cosmology rarely receive scholarly treatment. Carone's book is a welcome exception. Carone divides her book into (...)
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  35. Streit um die "Zweiweltentheorie" in der Philosophie von Plato.Bogdan Dembiński - 2007 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 10:67-72.
    In this article I analyze a traditional interpretation of Platonic philosophy, which assumes a "theory of two worlds." I try to prove that it is difficult to accept such an interpretation. If one can say that the on tic status of ideas differs from the ontic status of undefined matter (the phenomenon is always for Plato a relation, a compositum, of idea and undefined matter), one nevertheless cannot say that accepting this necessarily results in accepting two independently existing worlds. For (...)
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  36. Plato's Cosmology and Its Ethical Dimensions. [REVIEW]T. K. Johansen - 2007 - The Classical Review 57 (1):37-38.
  37. Plato’s Cosmology and its Ethical Dimensions—Gabriela Roxana Carone.Dana Miller - 2007 - International Philosophical Quarterly 47 (4):498-500.
  38. Plato’s Cosmology and Its Ethical Dimensions.Tiberiu Popa - 2007 - Review of Metaphysics 61 (2):404-405.
  39. Creationism and its Critics in Antiquity.David Sedley - 2007 - University of California Press.
    In this book, David Sedley examines this question and illuminates new historical perspectives on the pantheon of thinkers who laid the foundations of Western ...
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  40. Il Mondo Nello Specchio Del Timeo.Marcello Caleo - 2006 - Carocci.
  41. Plato on Necessity and Chaos.Andrew S. Mason - 2006 - Philosophical Studies 127 (2):283-298.
  42. Review of Gabriela roxana Carone, Plato's Cosmology and its Ethical Dimensions[REVIEW]William Prior - 2006 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (10).
  43. Plato's Cosmology and its Ethical Dimensions.Gabriela Roxana Carone - 2005 - Cambridge University Press.
    Although a great deal has been written on Plato's ethics, his cosmology has not received so much attention in recent times and its importance for his ethical thought has remained underexplored. By offering accounts of Timaeus, Philebus, Politicus and Laws X, the book reveals a strongly symbiotic relation between the cosmic and human sphere. It is argued that in his late period Plato presents a picture of an organic universe, endowed with structure and intrinsic value, which both urges our respect (...)
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  44. The "Eikos" Myth in Plato's Cosmology.Vassilis Kalfas - 2005 - Philosophical Inquiry 27 (1-2):83-93.
  45. Platons Timaios Als Grundtext der Kosmologie in Spätantike, Mittelalter Und Renaissance =.Thomas Leinkauf & Carlos G. Steel (eds.) - 2005 - Leuven University Press.
    This volume is a study of the influence of Timaeus on the development of Western cosmology in three axial periods of European culture: Late Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance.
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  46. Die Beseelung des Kosmos: Untersuchungen Zur Kosmologie, Seelenlehre Und Theologie in Platons Phaidon Und Timaios.Filip Karfík - 2004 - Saur.
    In welchem Verhaltnis steht die Seelenlehre zur Kosmologie in Platons Phaidon?
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  47. Cosmological ethics in the Timaeus and early stoicism.Gabor Betegh - 2003 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 24:273-302.
  48. À quelles conditions peut-on parler de « matière » dans le Timée de Platon ?Luc Brisson - 2003 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 1 (1):5-21.
    Dans le Timée, l'hypothèse de la khó̱ra, qu'il faut se garder d'identifier avec la húle̱ aristotélicienne, permet de rendre compte du fait que les choses sensibles sont radicalement différentes de leur modèle intelligible. Or, la constitution mathématique des éléments à partir de la khó̱ra mène à la contradiction suivante : dans l'univers platonicien, il faut tenir compte à la fois du continu qui doit caractériser la khó̱ra, et du discontinu qu'instaurent inéluctablement les polyèdres réguliers auxquels sont associés les éléments. La (...)
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  49. Annotations to the Speech of the Muses (Plato Republic 546b-c).Michael Jacovides & Kathleen McNamee - 2003 - Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 144:31-50.
    Annotations to the Speech of the Muses (Plato Republic 546b-c).
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  50. Cosmos as Art Object: Studies in Plato's Timaeus and Other Dialogues.T. M. Robinson - 2001 - Global Academic.
    Explores various aspects of Plato’s cosmological writings.
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