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Galović, Darja. (2017). Plato's Timaeus. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Philosophy. [mentor Mikecin, Igor].

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The subject of this diploma thesis is Plato's dialogue Timaeus. In this dialogue Plato describes the production of the cosmos, man and other living beings. In Timaeus God is presented as craftsman who produces the world and he is named Demiurge. He does not produce the cosmos out of nothing, but he compiles it by producing out of eternal ideas. The introduction is about the dialogue itself, when it came to be, how it was accepted and explains the mythical form of speech by which Plato wrote a dialogue. Summarizing parts of Plato's Dialogue The Timaeus in which Plato describes the creation of the soul and body of the cosmos, the creation of man and the human body and substance are presented at the beginning of the corresponding chapters. The theme of the second chapter is the creation of the cosmos's soul, and an explanation of the mathematical aspect of this creation is presented, and the concept of time and planets. In the third chapter, it is about creating a cosmic body and explaining the cosmic harmony. In the chapter on man's creation, the relationship of this description with the other Plato's dialogues is explained. The theme of the fourth chapter is human body. In the fifth chapter, Plato's description of the substance is presented. In the chapter on mind and necessity, it is explained what is mind, necessity, and wavering cause for Plato. In the last chapter, Demiurg - the maker of the cosmos and the model according to which the cosmos was created - was depicted.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Plato, Timaeus, cosmos, demiurge, forms
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Department of Philosophy
Supervisor: Mikecin, Igor
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 12:04
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 09:25

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