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ΕΙΚΩΣ ΜΥΘΟΣ
Eikōs Muthos

Author(s): Myles Burnyeat
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Издателство »Изток-Запад«
Keywords: account; becoming; exegetic; likely; probable; reasonable; myth; story; logos; physics; theogony; translation; rationality; practical reasoning

Summary/Abstract: The key phrase eikōs muthos is standardly translated ‘a likely tale’, suggesting an empiricist philosophy of science quite alien to Plato’s outlook. I argue for translating, in the first instance, ‘a reasonable myth’, and focus on the point that the reason involved in world-making is practical, not theoretical. This should make a significant differenceto how we assess the Demiurgic arguments reported to us in the dialogue.

  • Issue Year: II/2005
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 143-165
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: English