Plato on characteristics of god: Laws X. 887c5-899d3

Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 5:265-285 (2008)
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The following article reconstructs Plato’s argument for the existence of god in Laws X. The article starts with interpreting the argument for the priority of soul and continues with a discussion of the argumentation for rationality of the soul in charge of heavens . The view defended here is that Plato first defines the essential characteristics of the divine, namely self-motion and rationality, and then shows that there are entities which possess these characteristics and therefore deserve to be called gods or divine. The article further shows that several sub-arguments mirror the structure of the overall proof



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Jakub Jirsa
Charles University, Prague

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