Monday, December 18, 2017

Plato's Timaeus (SEP entry revised)

A long-term goal of mine has been to discover what value might be found in the Timaeus for ecological and environmental philosophy. The German idealist Schelling provides readers of the Timaeus with some clues in his own reading of the dialogue as Schelling's commentary is another highly recommended piece of what Whitehead had called "the philosophy of organism." The below linked SEP entry has been immensely helpful in deciphering possible leads.

Plato's Timaeus
// Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

In the Timaeus Plato presents an elaborately wrought account of the formation of the universe and an explanation of its impressive order and beauty. The universe, he proposes, is the product of rational, purposive, and beneficent agency. It is the handiwork of a divine Craftsman ("Demiurge," demiourgos, 28a6) who, imitating an unchanging and eternal model, imposes mathematical order on a preexistent chaos to generate the ordered universe (kosmos).