The metaphysical connotations of the Atlantis Myth according to the Neoplatonist philosopher Proclus

Elias Tempelis, Christos Terezis

Abstract


In his interpretation of the Platonic Timaeus, the Neoplatonist philosopher Proclus (412-485) used the Atlantis myth in order to implement his theory concerning the derivation of the sensible world from a certain transcendent reality on the basis of the monistic orientation of his philosophical system. This myth offered Proclus the philosophical and the historical frame so as to show that a war between human societies can correspond to and depict with re­markable exactness the rivalry, which is evident in the universe.


Keywords


Proclus; Plato; Timaeus; Atlantis myth; metaphysics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14601/prometheus-23555



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