Aristotle’s Criticism of Plato’s ‘Timaeus’ by George S. Claghorn

By George S. Claghorn

the aim of this research is to figure out Aristotle's perspective towards the content material and approach to Plato's ordinary technology. Plato and Aristotle have usually been considered as on contrary facets of a philosophic 'Great Divide'. however, those that have discovered that the 2 males have been in contract have occasionally pointed out merely scattered cases of that contract. there's desire for a brand new comparability of the 2 thinker- one that is restricted in scope, in response to the first texts, and that's systematic and thorough in technique. If winning, the sort of comparability may convey into sharp concentration one part of Aristotle's reviews on Plato. Our try to meet this want is Aristotle's feedback of Plato's TIMAEUS. In pursuing this examine, it's been essential to reject a few uncritically-accepted interpre­ tations of the Timaeus. opposite to the view of many, we now have concluded that Aristotle mostly agreed with Plato, either within the ideas and presuppositions of his average technological know-how. a few implications stem from this research. there's, for instance, the oft-questioned demeanour within which Aristotle handled Plato's philosophy. within the nice majority of cases, Aristotle stands forth as a competent reporter and a talented critic. furthermore, the examine sheds gentle on that historic riddle: even if Plato and Aristotle are primarily akin or at odds of their common philosophies.

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