“Animal and Paradigm in Plato”
February 26, 2014
My article “Animal and Paradigm in Plato” appears in Vol. 18, No. 2 of Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, pp. 311-323. The article is available at the journal’s site for subscribers, but I have also uploaded a PDF of the article to the Philosophy page, with the journal’s pagination inserted in brackets. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to publish my work in such an esteemed journal. Here is the abstract:
The paradigm according to which the cosmos is ordered by the demiurge is characterized in the Timaeus as ‘Animal Itself’, while παράδειγμα in the vision of Er from the Republic denotes the patterns of lives chosen by individual humans and other animals. The essay seeks to grasp the animality of the paradigm, as well as the paradigmatic nature of animality, by means of the homology discernible between these usages. This inquiry affirms the value within a Platonic doctrine of principles of persons over reified forms, of modes of unity over substantial natures, and of agency over structure.