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Is Plato’s Timaeus Panentheistic?
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 01:49 authored by Dirk BaltzlyDirk Baltzly
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. Â© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010.
Department/SchoolSchool of Humanities
Place of publicationNetherlands
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