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Discourse And Reality: The ΕΙΚΩΣ ΛΟΓΟΣ

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This chapter offers an analysis of Proclus' understanding of that passage, in which Timaeus famously refers to his exposition on the universe as no more than a 'likely account' and warns his audience not to expect an exposition about the universe to be entirely consistent and accurate, due to three things: the nature of its subject, the universe, which is the nature of discourse, which may not be incontrovertible and irrefutable, and finally human nature. It refers to that general principle that accounts are like their subject matter as 'the principle of discourse'. The chapter concludes by bringing together some of the results of this chapter with those of chapter iii (v.8). The main argument of this chapter is that Proclus interprets Tim. 29b3-d3 in such a way that it reinforces his reading of the dialogue as a reversion to the demiurgic cause of the natural world.

Keywords: natural world; principle of discourse; Proclus; Tim. 29b3-d3; Timaeus



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