The First Humans in Plato’s Timaeus

Gregorić, Pavel (2012) The First Humans in Plato’s Timaeus. Croatian Journal of Philosophy, 12 (35). pp. 183-198. ISSN 1333-1108 (Print) 1847-6139 (Online)

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Plato’s Timaeus gives an account of the creation of the world and of human race. The text suggests that there was a first generation of human beings, and that they were all men. The paper raises difficulties for this traditional view, and considers an alternative, suggested in more recent literature, according to which humans of the first generation were sexually undifferentiated. The paper raises difficulties for the alternative view as well, and examines the third possibility, advocated by some ancient as well as modern interpreters, according to which there were no first humans, strictly speaking. Although the latter view avoids the pitfalls of the former two views, it crucially rests on a metaphorical reading of the creation story in the Timaeus.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Maja Šoštarić
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 11:35
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2017 11:35

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