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by Plato, Trans. By Benjamin Jowett
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Sarah Broadie, Princeton University
"Donald Zeyl's fresh and faithful translation and his lucid, comprehensive commentary will bring the sublime Timaeus to life for contemporary students of cosmology, metaphysics, history of science, and philosophy."
Donald Zeyl's translation of Timaeus meets the highest standard of clarity and naturalness in English while achieving fidelity to the Greek. This new edition introduces contemporary readers to Timaeus by combining in one volume Zeyl's masterful translation and his long introductory essay of circa one hundred pages which situates the dialogue in the development of Greek science, discusses long-standing and current issues of interpretation, and gives an assessment of the role of Timaeus in the history of Western thought. Notes are provided to elucidate difficult passages. Includes an analytic table of contents and a select bibliography.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek
Of all the writings of Plato the Timaeus is the most obscure and repulsive to the modern reader, and has nevertheless had the greatest influence over the ancient and mediaeval world. The obscurity arises in the infancy of physical science, out of the confusion of theological, mathematical, and physiological notions, out of the desire to conceive the whole of nature without any adequate knowledge of the parts, and from a greater perception of similarities which lie on the surface than of differences which are hidden from view.
About the Author
Donald J. Zeyl is Professor of Philosophy, University of Rhode Island.
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