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In Proclus' interpretation, the Timaeus is both a hymn to the Demiurge, and a scientific work of philosophy of nature. This chapter analyzes Proclus' philosophy of nature and its methods as described and applied in the Commentary on the Timaeus, and shows how hymn and science come together. As a consequence of resemblance and assimilation, the account of the Timaeus can initiate an ascent to its subject matter, and especially to the demiurge as efficient cause of the natural world. The chapter finally reviews the main findings of the preceding chapters.

Keywords: natural world; philosophy of nature; Proclus; Timaeus

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