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Is Platoís Timaeus Panentheistic?

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Baltzly, DC, Is Plato's Timaeus Panentheistic?, Sophia, 49, (2) pp. 193-215. ISSN 0038-1527 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1007/s11841-010-0170-z

Abstract

Hartshorne and Reese thought that in the Timaeus Plato wasn't quite a panentheist - though he would have been if he'd been consistent. More recently, Cooper has argued that while Plato's World Soul may have inspired panentheists, Plato's text does not itself describe a form of panenetheism. In this paper, I will reconsider this question not only by examining closely the Timaeus but by thinking about which features of current characterizations of panentheism are historically accidental and how the core of the doctrine might most fruitfully be understood. I'll argue that there is a polytheistic view that deserves to be called panentheistic and that Plato's Timaeus describes such a view. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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
Author:Baltzly, DC (Professor Dirk Baltzly)
ID Code:92953
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2014-07-02
Last Modified:2014-12-23
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