Parution : D. O’Meara, Cosmology and Politics in Plato’s Later Works

Dominic J. O’Meara
Cosmology and Politics in Plato’s Later Works

Cambridge University Press 2017

Knowledge of the structure of the cosmos, Plato suggests, is important in organizing a human community which aims at happiness. This book investigates this theme in Plato’s later works, the Timaeus, Statesman, and Laws. Dominic J. O’Meara proposes fresh readings of these texts, starting from the religious festivals and technical and artistic skills in the context of which Plato elaborates his cosmological and political theories, for example the Greek architect’s use of models as applied by Plato in describing the making of the world. O’Meara gives an account of the model of which Plato’s world is an image; of the mathematics used in producing the world; and of the relation between the cosmic model and the political science and legislation involved in designing a model state in the Laws. Non-specialist scholars and students will be able to access and profit from the book.

Dominic J. O’Meara is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland. His numerous publications on the history of Platonism include Pythagoras Revived (1989) and Platonopolis (2003). He is a founding member of the Academia Platonica Septima and a recipient of the Prince of Liechtenstein Prize.

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