Plato's Cosmology and its Ethical Dimensions

Plato's Cosmology and its Ethical Dimensions

by Gabriela Roxana Carone
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1107657040

ISBN-13: 9781107657045

Pub. Date: 09/30/2011

Publisher: 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

Overview

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 and calls for our responsible intervention. Humans are thus seen as citizens of a university that can provide a context for their flourishing even in the absence of good political institutions. The book sheds new light on many intricate metaphysical issues in late Plato, and brings out the close connections between his cosmology and the development of his ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107657045
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Demiurgy in the Timaeus; 3. Cosmic God and human reason in the Timaeus; 4. Creating mixtures in the Philebus; 5. Cosmos and human happiness in Philebus; 6. Reversing the myth of the Politicus; 7. Cosmic and human drama in the Politicus; 8. Good and evil in Laws X; 9. Conclusion.

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