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On Beginning in Plato's Timaeus

John Sallis

Publication Year: 1999

"This excellent work... deserves the serious consideration of all who are interested in contemporary philosophy as well as those who concern themselves with ancient philosophy, especially Plato." -- Review of Metaphysics

In Chorology, John Sallis takes up one of the most enigmatic discourses
in the history of philosophy. Plato's discourse on the chora -- the chorology -- forms the pivotal moment in the Timaeus. The implications of the chorology are momentous and communicate with many of the most decisive issues in contemporary philosophical discussions.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Series: Studies in Continental Thought

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. ix

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pp. xi

My work on this project goes back to a series of lectures that I presented at Villanova University in 1989 at the invitation of Walter Brogan. Subsequently I had opportunities to present additional series of lectures in which various issues arising from Plato’s Timaeus could be explored: at St. John’s College ...

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pp. 1-6

Hence, this chorology—and there is perhaps no other—bears two signatures. As does every other discourse in this text and in all those that, at the risk of reduction, one calls Platonic dialogues. For the double signature is irreducible: what is said in these texts, what is said to be said, is always signed by ...

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Remembrance of the City

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pp. 7-45

One takes this as the beginning, these three words, the words one, two, three. Reading them from the point where the inscription begins, reading them at the beginning of its first line, one takes them as the beginning, sets them down as the beginning, takes them to be set down as the beginning in the manner of a hypothesis, ...

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Production of the Cosmos

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pp. 46-90

Socrates’ penultimate speech praises, as from the threshold, the reception he is to be given in return, the feast of discourses with which he is about to be, as he says, perfectly and brilliantly entertained. Addressing Timaeus by name, Socrates declares that it will be his turn to speak as soon as he has invoked ...

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The Χώρα

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pp. 91-124

Interruption appears doubly at this juncture. It enters doubly into the discourse, dividing the discourse at the very moment that it becomes the theme of the discourse. For the discourse is interrupted in order to be redirected toward that which can and indeed does interrupt the very workings of ...

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Traces of the Χώρα

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pp. 125-145

As he approaches the chorology, Timaeus counts the three kinds three times. The first counting occurs near the beginning of the second discourse (48e): whereas previously two were distinguished, now a third kind must be declared. Adhering to the numbering schema established at the threshold and the beginning of the chorology, ...

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pp. 146-168

Would anything ever have escaped the tracings of the χώρα? Would its errancy ever have ceased to bring about the indetermining operation that inexorably unsettles from below, as it were, everything that would be established in full integrity from above? Would anything ever have been spared the almost invisible ...

English Index

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pp. 169-170

Greek Index

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pp. 171-172

E-ISBN-13: 9780253108371
E-ISBN-10: 0253108373
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253335685

Page Count: 192
Illustrations: 4 figures, 1 index
Publication Year: 1999

Series Title: Studies in Continental Thought

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  • Plato. Timaeus.
  • Beginning.
  • Chōra (The Greek word).
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