Though Plato favors physical atoms in his Timaeus, they are not ultimate; he generates them from a formless energy-space plus mathematical patterns. On the other hand, most interpreters read the Platonic Forms as ultimate intellectual atoms. I suggest that Plato refuses atomism on all levels, and the Forms themselves should be seen as generated from a combination of limit and unlimited, as we are told in the Philebus and as is hinted at in the reports on the “unwritten doctrines.”
Ancient Greek Philosophy
I delivered a talk on Plato’s worries about democracy. I looked into Plato’s reasons, discussed the differences between Athenian democracy and our own, and asked whether we should still be afraid. (Spoiler alert: Yes!)
Plato’s fear of the danger posed by the Sophists is too extreme.
A study of what the Greeks philosophers thought it took to “settle” questions and end debates.
Should Socrates’ career continue to be the only mythic story guiding our inquiries?