Environment, Space, Place 7 (1):7-27 (2015)

Authors
Abstract
In the Timaeus, Plato’s creation story, Plato describes an entity he refers to as the chora. The Greek word chora is translated as place, room, or space, but Plato’s descriptions of the chora are so notoriously enigmatic that there is disagreement about what, exactly, he intends to indicate by it. In this paper, I address an interpretation of the chora according to which the chora is a kind of cosmic mirror. I argue that this interpretation results in an uncharitable reading of Plato’s explanation. Alternatively, I contend that Plato conceives of the chora as space, place, and matter all at once. The upshot of my view is that it attributes to Plato a more nuanced understanding of space and place and a more coherent explanatory account
Keywords Continental Philosophy  Zeta Books
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 2066-5377
DOI 10.5840/esplace2015711
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 53,586
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

On Necessity.D. Rita Alfonso - 2012 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (2):233-245.
Plato's Necessity Revisited.Vladimír Mikeš - 2008 - Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 5:35-48.
On Necessity: A Primer For Interpreting Chora in Plato's Timaeus.D. Rita Alfonso - 2012 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (2):233-245.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-10-06

Total views
56 ( #169,987 of 2,348,619 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #329,903 of 2,348,619 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes