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Plato and the CityA New Introduction to Plato's Political Thought$
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Jean-Francois Pradeau

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780859896535

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859896535.001.0001

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The Life of the City: the Timaeus-Critias

The Life of the City: the Timaeus-Critias

(p.114) 4 The Life of the City: the Timaeus-Critias
Plato and the City

Jean-François Pradeau

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explains the cosmology of the world according to Plato's Timaeus-Critias. Plato's cosmological account explains how the world was made, telling that a craftsman deity made the body and soul of the world, using Forms as an intelligible basis, and that all living beings then followed suit. The chapter states that the world is a living being, the most perfect among all physical creation, and adds that Plato argued that humanity must live in accordance with the world in order to achieve its perfection.

Keywords:   cosmology, Timaeus-Critias, Plato, humanity, perfection, Forms

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