“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.

One Response to ““Animal and Paradigm in Plato””

  1. Damocles Loraine said

    I thank you deeply for all this. I am sure you are aware of how difficult it is for a poor scholar to access such sources. There are, alas, far more works made unavailable through copyright than burned in Alexandria. To read Proclus I have to make do with century old translations and all roads seem to lead to Amazon. On my budget they might as well be there in one of Colonel Fawcett’s lost cities…

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