Apeiron 44 (3):287-305 (2011)

Elizabeth Jelinek
Christopher Newport University
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 the pre-cosmos, and that the account of the pre-cosmos should be taken literally: it is an account of the works of Necessity alone.
Keywords Plato  Timaeus  Necessity  teleology  Receptacle
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DOI 10.1515/apeiron.2011.017
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Plato on Necessity and Chaos.Andrew S. Mason - 2006 - Philosophical Studies 127 (2):283-298.
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