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Proclus' commentary on Plato's dialogue Timaeus is arguably the
most important commentary on a text of Plato, offering unparalleled
insights into eight centuries of Platonic interpretation. It has
had an enormous influence on subsequent Plato scholarship. This
edition offers the first new English translation of the work for
nearly two centuries, building on significant recent advances in
scholarship on Neoplatonic commentators. It provides an invaluable
record of early interpretations of Plato's dialogue, while also
presenting Proclus' own views on the meaning and significance of
Platonic philosophy. The present volume, the fifth in the edition,
presents Proclus' commentary on the Timaeus, dealing with Proclus'
account of static and flowing time; we see Proclus situating
Plato's account of the motions of the stars and planets in relation
to the astronomical theories of his day. The volume includes a
substantial introduction, as well as notes that will shed new light
on the text.
This is the first English translation of Proclus' commentary on
Plato's Parmenides. Glenn Morrow's death occurred while he was less
than halfway through the translation, which was completed by John
Dillon. A major work of the great Neoplatonist philosopher, the
commentary is an intellectual tour de force that greatly influenced
later medieval and Renaissance thought. As the notes and
introductory summaries explain, it comprises a full account of
Proclus' own metaphysical system, disguised, as is so much
Neoplatonic philosophy, in the form of a commentary.
A translation of Proclus's exposition of Euclid's methods and
principles. This primary source for the history of mathematics
contains much information about the work of mathematicians of the
classical period. It is a rare work from antiquity which expounds
the philosophy of mathematics.
In the present volume Proclus describes the 'creation' of the soul
that animates the entire universe. This is not a literal creation,
for Proclus argues that Plato means only to convey the eternal
dependence of the World Soul upon higher causes. In his exegesis of
Plato's text, Proclus addresses a range of issues in Pythagorean
harmonic theory, as well as questions about the way in which the
World Soul knows both forms and the visible reality that comprises
its body. This part of Proclus' Commentary is particularly
responsive to the interpretive tradition that precedes it. As a
result, this volume is especially significant for the study of the
Platonic tradition from the earliest commentators onwards.
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