January 15, 2020 –
This Pythagorean-style account of the creation and nature of the physical world is possibly the most influential of Plato's dialogues, forming much of the foundation of scientific thinking in Europe and the Islamic world up to the time of the Renaissance and beyond.
As always, read the whole dialogue if you can. But the chief insights are interspersed with expositions that are less than essential.
The beginning (17a-20c): less important.
The story of Atlantis (20c-27d): important.
The prologue of Timaeus’ discourse (27d-29d): less important.
The works of Intellect (29d-47e): important.
The beginning of the works of Necessity (47e-57c): important.
The remainder of the works of Necessity (57d-69a): less important.
The beginning of the cooperation of Intellect and Necessity (69a-72d): important.
The remainder of the cooperation of Intellect and Necessity (72d-90d): less important.
The conclusion (90e-92c): important.