In this episode of the Philosophy Hour at Literary Tales we tackle Plato’s Timaeus and begin to dissect the dialogue as a hidden allegory and analogy of the political rather than the Neoplatonist and Christian revisionist interpretation of cosmology.

Raphael, “The School of Athens,” ca. 1511. At center, Plato (left) and Aristotle (right).
Peter Paul Rubens, “The Fall of Phaeton,” 1605.
George Frederic Watts, “Chaos,” 1875.
Leo von Klenze, “The Acropolis at Athens,” ca. 1846. Although much of the dialogue of the Timaeus deals with cosmogony, cosmology, and the Demiurge, the beginning and the end of the dialogue reveal its political nature. The beginning of Timaeus is a political conversation with Socrates and Timaeus. After Timaeus’ grand speech, he returns to draw parallels with what he said about the ordering of the cosmos with the polis.

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