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  • The Platonic Origins of Anatomy
  • Christopher E. Cosans
Christopher E. Cosans
St. John's College, P.O. Box 2800, Annapolis, Maryland 21404

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Footnotes

. The author thanks the many people who have discussed the ideas in this paper and made helpful suggestions: E. Asmis; R. Richards; M. Mahowald; D. Millett; M. Frampton; W. Wimsatt; C. Bobonich; M. Forster; P. Sereno; and A. Cosans.

All translations from the Greek are the author's.

1. Francis Cornford provides a detailed analysis of mind and necessity's roles in the narrative of the Timaeus [5]. Plato gives no less than three distinct genesis narratives: the birth of order from mind (29d-47e), the development of perceptible matter from necessity (47e-68d), and the origin of biological life from both mind and necessity (68e-92c). Cornford makes this three-fold division of the Timaeus a central point of his interpretation. Since Plato explicitly refers to going from one genesis narrative to the next, this distinction has strong support in the text.

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ISSN
1529-8795
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0031-5982
Pages
pp. 581-596
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2015-01-07
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