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The Demiurge in Ancient Thought free pdf How was the world generated and how does matter continue to be ordered so that the world can continue functioning? Questions like these have existed as long as humanity has been capable of rational thought. In antiquity, Plato's Timaeus introduced the concept of the Demiurge, or Craftsman-god, to answer them. This lucid and wide-ranging book argues that the concept of the Demiurge was highly influential on the many discussions operating in Middle Platonist, Gnostic, Hermetic and Christian contexts in the first three centuries AD. It explores key metaphysical problems such as the origin of evil, the relationship between matter and the First Principle and the deployment of ever-increasing numbers of secondary deities to insulate the First Principle from the sensible world. It also focuses on the decreasing importance of demiurgy in Neoplatonism, with its postulation of procession and return.

About Carl Sean O'Brien

Carl Sean O'Brien is Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat, Heidelberg and Research Associate in the Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition at Trinity College Dublin.

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Author : Carl Sean O'Brien
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Data Published : 29 January 2015
ISBN : 110707536X
EAN : 9781107075368
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 346 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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