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Plato on God as nous

Author: Stephen Philip Menn
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©1995.
Series: Journal of the history of philosophy monograph series.
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This book is the first sustained modern investigation of Platoʹs theology. A central thesis of the book is that Plato had a theology -- not just a mythology for the ideal city, not just the theory of forms or the theory of cosmic souls, but also, irreducible to any of these, an account of God as Nous (Reason), the source of rational order both to souls and the world of bodies. The understanding of God as Reason, and  Read more...
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Menn, Stephen Philip, 1964-
Plato on God as nous.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©1995
(DLC) 94015845
(OCoLC)30359071
Named Person: Plato; Plato; Plato.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Philip Menn
ISBN: 0585029709 9780585029702
OCLC Number: 42854397
Notes: "Published for The Journal of the History of Philosophy, Inc."
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 86 pages).
Contents: Platonic hypotheses of Nous --
Who is the demiurge? --
What does "Nous" mean? --
Can Nous exist apart from soul? --
Nous in anaxagoras and other pre-Socratics --
Plato on soul as mediator --
How does Nous cause?
Series Title: Journal of the history of philosophy monograph series.
Responsibility: Stephen Menn.

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This book is the first sustained modern investigation of Platoʹs theology. A central thesis of the book is that Plato had a theology -- not just a mythology for the ideal city, not just the theory of forms or the theory of cosmic souls, but also, irreducible to any of these, an account of God as Nous (Reason), the source of rational order both to souls and the world of bodies. The understanding of God as Reason, and of the world as governed directly or indirectly by Reason, is worked out in the dialogues of Platoʹs last period, the Statesman, Philebus, Timaeus, and Laws. These dialogues offer a strategy for explaining the physical world that goes beyond anything in the middle dialogues, and gives the best starting point for understanding the cosmologies and theologies of Aristotle, the Stoics, and later ancient thinkers. -- Back cover.

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by drozdek (WorldCat user on 2008-05-12)

Preface ix 1. Platonic hypotheses of nous 1 2. Who is the Demiurge? 6 3. What does ‘nous’ mean? 14 4. Can nous exist apart from soul? 19 5. Nous in Anaxagoras and other pre-Socratics 25 6. Plato on soul as mediator 34 7. How does nous cause? 43 Conclusion 60 Notes 65

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