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The World Soul in Proclus' Timaeus commentary

Baltzly, DC ORCID: 0000-0003-2469-6199 2020 , 'The World Soul in Proclus' Timaeus commentary', in Helmig C (ed.), World Soul – Anima Mundi: on the origins and fortunes of a fundamental idea , De Gruyter, Germany, p. 364.

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Abstract

The World Soul is one of the most formative ideas for subsequent Platonism. The general notion that there is a soul for the entire visible cosmos that renders it a unified, living creature clearly gripped the subsequent philosophical tradition and influenced even those who did not identify themselves as Platonists.1 Plato lavished great detail upon the 'creation' of the World Soul in the Timaeus, but this had the effect of leaving his interpreters frankly puzzled on many points. Hence by the 5th century AD there was already a considerable literature on the proper interpretation of the World Soul in the Timaeus. 2

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Baltzly, DC
Keywords: Plato, Proclus, World Soul, panpsychism
Publisher: De Gruyter
DOI / ID Number: 10.1515/9783110628609
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Copyright 2020 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston

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