Ancient Greek Science

Philosophy 6396, Spring 1997

Dr. Cynthia Freeland

743-2993, 402 Agnes Arnold Hall,

Note: under construction as of the start of the semester (14 January 1997)

The Presocratics

General Sources (Books)

Articles or Chapters



  • Anne Freire Ashbaugh, Plato's Theory of Explanation: A Study of the Cosmological Account in the Timaeus (Albany, N.Y.: S.U.N.Y. Press, 1988). (See also review by Peter Vernezze, Ancient Philosophy, 1990, pp. 289-92.)

  • Luc Brisson and F. Walter Meyerstein, Inventing the Universe: Plato's Timaeus, The Big Bang, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge (Albany, N.Y.: S.U.N.Y. Press, 1995).

  • F. M. Cornford, Plato's Cosmology (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill),1975.

  • Richard Mohr, The Platonic Cosmology (Leiden: E.J. Brill), 1985. (See also review by E.N. Lee, Ancient Philosophy, 1991, p. 418.)

  • Gregory Vlastos, Plato's Universe (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1975).


  • Lynne Ballew, "Straight and Circular in Parmenides and the Timaeus," Phronesis 19 (1987), pp. 189-209.

  • John Driscoll, "The Platonic Ancestry of Primary Substance," Phronesis 24 (1979), pp. 253-69.

  • Mary Louise Gill, 'Matter and Flux in Plato's Timaeus," Phronesis 1987, pp. 34-53.

  • Andrew S. Mason, "Immortality in the Timaeus," Phronesis XXXIXII (1994), pp. 90-97.

  • K.W. Mills, "Some Aspects of Plato's Theory of Forms: Timaeus 49cff," Phronesis 13 (1968), pp. 145-70.

  • Richard Mohr, "The Gold Analogy in Plato's Timaeus (50A4-B5)", Phronesis 23 (1978), pp. 243-52.

  • James V. Robinson, "The Tripartite Soul in the Timaeus," Phronesis XXVII (1990), pp. 103-110.

  • Steven K. Strange, "The Double Explanation in the Timaeus," Ancient Philosophy 5, pp. 25-39.

  • John Whittaker, "The 'Eternity' of the Platonic Forms," Phronesis 13 (1968), pp. 131-44.

    Related readings on Timaeus topics other than cosmology/physical theory:

    Plato, Women, and Feminism

    Irigaray and French Feminist Readings of Plato's Cosmology, Physics, and Politics

    Aristotle's Science



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