One Book, The Whole Universe: Plato's Timaeus Today by Barbara M. Sattler, Richard D. Mohr

By Barbara M. Sattler, Richard D. Mohr

 The much-anticipated anthology on Plato’sTimaeus—Plato’s singular discussion at the production of the universe, the character of the actual international, and where of individuals within the cosmos—examining all dimensions of 1 of an important books in Western Civilization: its philosophy, cosmology, technology, and ethics, its literary features and reception. Contributions come from best students of their respective fields, together with Sir Anthony Leggett, 2003 Nobel Laureate for Physics. components of or past models of those papers have been first provided at the Timaeus Conference, held on the collage of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in September of 2007. To at the present time, Plato’s Timaeus grounds the shape of moral and political pondering referred to as common Law—the view that there are norms in nature that offer the styles for our activities and floor the objectivity of human values. past the highbrow content material of the dialogue’s middle, its literary body is additionally the resource of the parable of Atlantis, giving the West the concept that of the “lost world.” From Platonic area to Presocratic vortices, from Philosopher-Kings to Craftsman-Gods and from glossy physics to the parable of Atlantis, One booklet, the entire Universe presents in a single quantity the main updated and penetrating scholarship on Plato’s Timaeus by a number of the maximum minds alive today.   individuals Ann Bergren Gábor Betegh Sean Carroll Alan Code Zina Giannopoulou Verity Harte Thomas Kjeller Johansen Charles H. Kahn Anthony J. Leggett Anthony A. lengthy Stephen Menn Richard D. Mohr Kathryn A. Morgan Alexander P.D. Mourelatos Ian Mueller Thomas M. Robinson Barbara M. Sattler Allan Silverman Jon Solomon Anthony Vidler Matthias Vorwerk Donald Zeyl  

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14 Yet even though this literature presumes no specialized knowledge, it brought to public attention what hitherto would have been considered specialized knowledge. In a remarkable act of synthesis, which may have been fostered by the rudimentary conditions of publishing written texts, the new prose authors found ways to address specialists while simultaneously maintaining their overall appeal to the diverse Greek reading public. For example, Thucydides addresses the broad public in his speeches and other set pieces, and he fashions his yearby-year chronicle of events to be comprehensible to any reader.

On the forms of philosophical writing before Plato, see Kahn 2003. Cambridge Collections Online © Cambridge University Press, 2007 7:12 P1: SBT 0521839631c01 CUNY711/Ferrari 14 0 521 82136 3 April 17, 2007 harvey yunis the defense of injustice offered by Thrasymachus, the professional sophist, with the utmost seriousness, but he deprives the professional of any special authority. Socrates’ initial refutation of Thrasymachus fails to convince Glaucon and Adeimantus, but it establishes the occasion and the tone for Glaucon and Adeimantus to raise their own, nonprofessional questions about justice and to carry on the conversation in their own, nonprofessional way.

In Book 5 Socrates speaks of three “waves” (kumata) that he fears will overwhelm the interlocutors (457a–c, 472a, 473c–d): the common training of men and women, the holding of wives and children in common, and – the biggest “wave” – philosopher-kings. 35 But they are “waves” because they are so “deeply contrary to belief” (473e) that even interlocutors as sympathetic and astute as Glaucon and Adeimantus will probably find them ridiculous and impossible to accept. 39–30 Rios = Aristotle, On the good, testimonia, Ross); see Denyer, chapter 11 in this volume.

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