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The World Soul in Proclus' Timaeus commentary


Baltzly, DC, The World Soul in Proclus' Timaeus commentary, World Soul - Anima Mundi: on the origins and fortunes of a fundamental idea, De Gruyter, Helmig C (ed), Germany, pp. 364. ISBN 9783110628463 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1515/9783110628609


The World Soul is one of the most formative ideas for subsequent Platonism. The general notion that there is a soul for the entire visible cosmos that renders it a unified, living creature clearly gripped the subsequent philosophical tradition and influenced even those who did not identify themselves as Platonists.1 Plato lavished great detail upon the 'creation' of the World Soul in the Timaeus, but this had the effect of leaving his interpreters frankly puzzled on many points. Hence by the 5th century AD there was already a considerable literature on the proper interpretation of the World Soul in the Timaeus. 2

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Plato, Proclus, World Soul, panpsychism
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Research Field:History of Philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
UTAS Author:Baltzly, DC (Professor Dirk Baltzly)
ID Code:137631
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2020-02-24
Last Modified:2020-04-06

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