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RG Bury Timaeus The Loeb Classical Library Vol IX Cambridge Massachusetts Harvard University Press 1989Platos Timaeus was written in an attempt to make sense of the beginnings of time of the world as we know it It is an attempt to describe how the world came into being It is important to note that even Plato states that this is only a likely account53 Nonetheless it is an excellent summary of Platonic philosophy and was extremely influential in later years over the ancient and mediaeval world To the modern reader such as a college student it proves to be quite obscure and repulsive but interesting just the samePlato first argues that since the sensible world is that which is becoming always and never existent49 it must have come to be Therefore the world must have some for of cause a cause to be He refers to the cause as the maker and father of the universe51 as well as the Mind109 and God127 later in the work It is very common to hear Platos god referred to as the Demiurge which literally means craftsmanNow then since the Demiurge was depicted as good he desired that so far as possible all things should be good and nothing evil55 This is where Plato begins to describe the qualities of the universe that the Demiurge is creating The deductions that Plato makes involving the forming of the universe shows his optimism concerning humankind He views humankind as formed for the greater good of the universe The world created by the Demiurge is alive intelligent eternal and good and therefore it is a blessed god65 It just so happens that along with the influence of the Demiurge there was another factor at work Plato refers to this as the Errant Cause111 It is apparent that this other principle could be likened to the mother of the cosmos sense the Demiurge was the father Plato affirms that there must be
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