Timaeus First published in Plato Complete Works Donald J Zeyl s masterful translation of Timaeus is presented along with his page introductory essay which discusses points of contemporary interest in the

  • Title: Timaeus
  • Author: Plato Peter Kalkavage Donald J. Zeyl H.D.P. Lee R.D. Archer-Hind
  • ISBN: 9780872204461
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in Plato Complete Works, Donald J Zeyl s masterful translation of Timaeus is presented along with his 75 page introductory essay, which discusses points of contemporary interest in the Timaeus, deals at length with long standing and current issues of interpretation, and provides a consecutive commentary on the work as a whole Includes an analytic table oFirst published in Plato Complete Works, Donald J Zeyl s masterful translation of Timaeus is presented along with his 75 page introductory essay, which discusses points of contemporary interest in the Timaeus, deals at length with long standing and current issues of interpretation, and provides a consecutive commentary on the work as a whole Includes an analytic table of contents and a select bibliography.

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    1. رساله ى تيمائوس، خلاصه ايست از جهان بينى افلاطون، كه حاوى بخشى ابتدايى اسطوره اى، بخش كوچكى در فلسفه و بخش بزرگى در طبيعيات است. بخش فلسفى مخصوصاً به دليل طرح مباحثى كه بعداًتوسط ارسطو تكميل شد و به صورت نظريه ى معروف صورت و ماده درآمد اهميت دارد.مكالمه شبى پس از مكالمه ى "جمهو [...]

    2. The sources for the myth of Atlantis are two: Plato's dialogs Timaeus and Critias, primarily the latter. That's it. The rest is much more modern invention.Cornford's Plato books are usually detailed and excellent, albeit perhaps too detailed and technical for some readers. In this edition he did the translation as well as an introduction and preface, apparently abstracted from his longer Plato's Cosmology. Since the Timaeus is primarily a geometricized cosmology, something pretty alien to modern [...]

    3. يحتاج إلى قراءة ثانية وثالثة إلى عاشرة لبعض المواضيع بالذات!!

    4. The Timaeus is usually considered the platonic dialogue that deals with cosmology. However, although in a cosmological environment, it could be considered as a treatise on human physiology, explained in relation to the cosmos and making continual use of final causes to explain things.The Timaeus is divided into three parts: the first explains the form and origin of the cosmos (including a proof that the multiverse cannot exist) and uses this information to explain the shape of the human head and [...]

    5. This was an intriguing account of, well, EVERYTHING. Plato is certainly a genius in uniting diverse aspects of reality together, yet although it's a dialogue, except for the very beginning, it's pretty much just a monologue from Timaeus recounting to his friends (Socrates and co.) about what a man had told him when he was a boy. The start of Timaeus's account was the highlight for me, because at about the point where the triangles that underlie all existence are introduced (which I tried to draw [...]

    6. I can certainly understand why the early Christians thought this book interesting and why someone like Justin Martyr could think of (albeit with reservations) Plato as a proto-Christian of sorts. It is not a little interesting to read the creation myth in Timaeus with Genesis in mind and then to add that Plato uses "Father" for the creator at times. There are certainly differences and the view of matter is one of those that are commonly commented on. Matter is after all less than good for Plato, [...]

    7. Zeyl's translation is the most lucid of the Timaeus I have read. The work is a must–read for anyone interested in early & medieval Christian thought, and has merit in its own right— despite having been generally degenerated since the Enlightenment. Zeyl's introduction is as long as the text itself, and covers a lot of exegetical ground; Zeyl's view of the text can be said to be of the "unitary" school.

    8. I was fortunate enough to take Zeyl's last seminar as a professor on the Timaeus. I have a personal affinity for Aristotle, but this is quite an experience for a philosophy book and there are many things I got out of reading it. I'd recommend reading Cornford's commentary along with Zeyl's translation and long introduction/commentary.

    9. One of, if not THE, most profoundly influential philosophical cosmologies I've had the pleasure of reading.

    10. In the introduction to the Timaeus Benjamin Jowett wrote: “The influence with the Timaeus has exercised upon posterity is due partly to a misunderstanding. In the supposed depths of this dialogue the Neo-Platonists found hidden meanings and connections with the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, and out of them they elicited doctrines quite at variance with the spirit of Plato. Believing that he was inspired by the Holy Ghost, or had received his wisdom from Moses, they seemed to find in his wri [...]

    11. I didn't really like this one that much. Plato's philosophy, of course, revolves around the eternal world of ideas versus the physical reality of the world we're currently in. In this work he decides to focus on the latter, trying to offer a history of the universe and a description of itsconstituent elements. I think the problem here was overestimating the simplicity of the universe. A few metaphysicalaxioms were enough to gain a comprehensive understanding of the universe's creation, the histo [...]

    12. I skimmed Paradiso after finishing Timaeus guess what, Dante references Timaeus! Who knew?! Suddenly, Paradiso makes a tad more sense!I'll review this puzzling, new age, Christian heavy book in a few days or a week. Suffering from a serious backlog of reviews!

    13. Demasiado para una sola lectura, con un gran número de "cosas" entre líneas y el trabajo de diferenciar entre las metáforas y las afirmaciones literales. Me gustó bastante pero necesito releerlo.

    14. "This is the origin of fish, of all shellfish, and of every water-inhabiting animal. Their justly due reward for their extreme stupidity"

    15. Platone, gattini e cuoriciniNon avendo le capacità - o la presunzione - necessaria a commentare un simile testo dal punto di vista filosofico, mi limiterò a qualche osservazione di natura sentimental-letteraria.Prima di tutto: Platone è adorabile. Se anobii permettesse (e fortunatamente non lo fa) l'inserimento di emoticon, ecco qui ora inserirei tutta una serie di vezzosi cuoricini e teneri gattini che sonnecchiano su un gomitolo di lana vicino al camino scoppiettante. Platone è gentile, si [...]

    16. One should not read this without first reading Benjamin Jowett Introduction and Analysis of Timaeus. Though any half learned man could see the flaws in Plato reasoning because it is easy to discard ancient knowledge as useless and it's way harder to see value in it, however flawed it may be, the introduction helps greatly with the latter. The book it self describes creation and workings of the world as understood by ancients and, thus, provides deeper understanding of first scientific, although [...]

    17. Most people who read this ancient text do so because it is the source of the Atlantis mythology (together with Plato's Critias). While I believe that Plato may very well have partially based his Atlantis on an actual city that was destroyed (e.g the island of Thera), it seems fairly obvious that Plato's purpose in writing about Atlantis in these two works was to illustrate his ideal state as described in The Republic.The Republic, Timaeus, and Critias are all written as conversations involving P [...]

    18. Though the Timaeus was one of Plato's most influential dialogues -- influential on the course of Western intellectual history, particularly in Christian theology -- we did not read it in grad school for a few reasons. 1) It is largely about the creation of the world and lays out a scientific view that is clearly false according to contemporary science. 2) It is a late Platonic dialogue, and we largely skipped late Plato and focused instead on studying early and middle.This was all well and good [...]

    19. Well, that's all folks. This was the last official, verified dialogue of Plato that I hadn't read. There's one more goal of mine that's been achieved. I'll write more thoughts on reading Plato's corpus on the Complete Works review. Timaeus is an interesting dialogue that begins seemingly after Socrates has had the Republic discussion, then this guy Timaeus comes in and just drops some major cosmology on everybody's butts. He goes on and on about the creation of the world, some weird division cha [...]

    20. Wow!Recently I have been fascinated by and exploring the concept of the microcosmos mirroring the macrocosmos and little did I know that the Timaeus would dig so deeply into this topic. The Timaeus was part of the same series of dialogues between Socrates, Critias, Timaeus and Hermocrates that includes The Republic and Critias. Unlike most other works I have read by Plato, this stays away from Socrates challenging others in discourse and instead allows Timaeus a platform for a monologue on the f [...]

    21. Ok, Im a Platonist for multiple reasons. One being that I hardly understand how such primitive (judging by modern standards) made such observations about the universe. The Atlantis story, at the start of the book, could be the answer to my question above. Many have tried to understand what this Atlantis story is all about but in the context of the knowledge presented after it makes a lot of sense. "You Greeks are forever young" said the old Egyptian priest to Solon about the forgotten knowledge [...]

    22. Il dialogo vuole mostrare come è necessario, per essere giusti e felici, curare sia il corpo che la mente (o l'anima come la chiama Platone) in maniera da raggiungere una situazione di armonia. E a questo proposito fa considerazioni interessanti.Tuttavia, prima di arrivare a ciò, che è la parte conclusiva, tenta di dare una spiegazione mitica della nascita del mondo, dell'uomo e di tutte le cose esistenti. Non solo, cerca anche di spiegare il funzionamento del corpo umano. E quidiciamo che si [...]

    23. Timaeus is perhaps the least representative of the Platonic dialogues and belongs at the periphery of the corpus. Properly speaking, it isn't even a dialogue. Socrates makes a brief appearence at the beginning and then shuts up for the rest, yielding the stage to a Pythagorean astrologer Timaeus' monologue. Consequently, the normal drama and vivid characters are missing. Lacking a structure of logical argument, or dialectic, Timeaus isn't even properly "philosophy" in the normal sense of the wor [...]

    24. It's kind of a mess. Plato's conception of how the earth was created is just an atavistic whirlwind of different origins and primary forces, none of which are explained or tied together into a coherent framework He starts out with a foundational idea and then when he can't develop it any further, he just throws out another one and insists that it's somehow related to the previous one. That being said, this is a hugely important dialogue because in his examination of first origins Plato briefly c [...]

    25. Timaeus is a book which tells us about how Plato thought the world came to be. Ofcourse it is not very credible any more, but it contains some very interesting ideas. For example, the book explores the difference between the intelligible world and the sensory world. Also, it tries to answer the question if this universe is the only, and if so, why. It combines mathematics and metaphysics, and next to that it defines 'God' in an interesting way (as being the universe, if I'm not mistaken). Howeve [...]

    26. Another Plato book I read for a Philosophy class. After Intro to Philosophy I was invited to be in Great Books, which is an invite only discussion based Philosophy class. This book, which has the first references to Atlantis in it, is more or less about science. Explaining the way Plato/ Socrates uses logic to figure out how the universe IS. To Plato the world can be understood by reason and not always by senses. Some ideas are down right silly to modern readers, some are surprisingly insightful [...]

    27. Σε αυτό το μοναδικό από πλευράς περιεχομένου βιβλίο, συμπυκνώνονται οι απόψεις του Πλάτωνα σχετικά με την προέλευση της Φύσης. Το αρχαίο κείμενο είναι αντικριστά στην Νεα - Ελληνική μετάφραση κάτι που ανεβάζει την ποιότητα του βιβλίου. Στον τόμο περιέχονται τα εξής επίμετ [...]

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