Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Goldin, Owen

Second Advisor

Foster, Susanne

Third Advisor

Teske, Roland


The Timaeus is one of Plato's more bewildering dialogues. Until recently, each time I worked with the Timaeus (including a number of meetings with the Timaeus Society at St. John's College), I became more: and more perplexed about how to approach it. The likely story (eikos logos) of the Timaeus incorporates so many aspects of ancient Greek thought into itself that parsing it out is impossible without working through the broad history of ancient Greek thought. Writing my dissertation on the Timaeus has allowed me to do just that. Each chapter has been an entrance to a new avenue of thought which has led me closer to understanding the nature of Plato's project. Because the Timaeus deals with some of the most fundamental philosophical issues, including the origin of the universe and human nature, I have had the chance to grapple with such issues on my way to an understanding of Plato's dialogue. I have been fascinated, challenged, and humbled by this project. The process of writing it has given me numerous ideas for future projects. It has been a rewarding experience for me. It is my hope that the product of my efforts will be rewarding for my readers as well.



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