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Porphyry’s Real Powers in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus

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In his Commentary on the Timaeus, Porphyry of Tyre argued against the second-century Platonist Atticus’ thesis that the creation in Plato’s Timaeus was a process from a point of time. This paper focuses on the summary of one of Porphyry’s arguments against this thesis exposed in Book 2 of Proclus’ Commentary on the Timaeus. It argues that Proclus does justice to Porphyry’s views and that the argument points to a classification of powers in Porphyry’s metaphysics that has so far been neglected by scholars.

Affiliations: 1: University of LeuvenDe Wulf–Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance PhilosophyBelgium


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