World Soul – Anima Mundi: on the origins and fortunes of a fundamental idea

From Plato’s Timaeus onwards, the world or cosmos has been conceived of as a living, rational organism. Most notably in German Idealism, philosophers still talked of a ‘Weltseele’ (Schelling) or ‘Weltgeist’ (Hegel). This volume is the first collection of essays on the origin of the notion of the wor...

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Published in:Topics in ancient philosophy
Corporate Author: The World Soul and Cosmic Space, Veranstaltung 2011 Berlin (Author)
Contributors: Helmig, Christoph 1973- (Editor)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Berlin Boston De Gruyter [2020]
In: Topics in ancient philosophy (volume 8)
Year: 2020, Volume: 8
Series/Journal:Topics in ancient philosophy volume 8
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B World soul
Further subjects:B PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
B Conference program
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Summary:From Plato’s Timaeus onwards, the world or cosmos has been conceived of as a living, rational organism. Most notably in German Idealism, philosophers still talked of a ‘Weltseele’ (Schelling) or ‘Weltgeist’ (Hegel). This volume is the first collection of essays on the origin of the notion of the world soul (anima mundi) in Antiquity and beyond. It contains 14 original contributions by specialists in the field of ancient philosophy, the Platonic tradition and the history of theology. The topics range from the ‘obscure’ Presocratic Heraclitus, to Plato and his ancient readers in Middle and Neoplatonism (including the Stoics), to the reception of the idea of a world soul in the history of natural science. A general introduction highlights the fundamental steps in the development of the Platonic notion throughout late Antiquity and early Christian philosophy. Accessible to Classicists, historians of philosophy, theologians and invaluable to specialists in ancient philosophy, the book provides an overview of the fascinating discussions surrounding a conception that had a long-lasting effect on the history of Western thought
Frontmatter -- Acknowledgment -- Contents -- The World Soul in Antiquity and beyond / Helmig, Christoph -- Part I: Prehistory of the concept -- Is the Logos a kind of World Soul? On the relationship between cosmology and psychology in Heraclitus / Vassallo, Christian -- Part II: Plato’s Timaeus and Pseudo-Aristotle’s De Mundo -- Disorderly motion and the World Soul in the Timaeus / Karfík, Filip -- Die „Seele“ des Seienden bei Platon: Sophistes 248e–249a und Timaios 30a–31c / Ferrari, Franco -- Ascoltare l’anima cosmica: riargomentazione ed esegesi tecnica κατὰ ζητήματα della divisio animae platonica / Petrucci, Federico M. -- The power of god in Pseudo-Aristotle’s De mundo: An alternative approach / Thom, Johan C. -- Part III: Old Academy, Stoicism, and Middle Platonism -- The World Soul takes command: The doctrine of the World Soul in the Epinomis of Philip of Opus and in the academy of Polemon / Dillon, John -- Apospasma: The World Soul and its individual parts in Stoicism / Gourinat, Jean-Baptiste -- Die kosmische Seele bei Ps.-Timaios Lokros und den anderen Pseudopythagorica: kosmologische und erkenntnistheoretische Aspekte / Ulacco, Angela -- Calcidius on Fate and the World Soul / O’Brien, Carl -- Part IV: Neoplatonism -- Plotinus on the World Soul / Caluori, Damian -- The World Soul in the embryological theories of Porphyry and Plotinus / Wilberding, James -- The World Soul in Proclus’ Timaeus Commentary / Baltzly, Dirk -- From the particular soul to the World Soul: Some puzzles in Philoponus / Gavray, Marc-Antoine -- Part V: Nachleben -- World Soul and celestial heat. Platonic and Aristotelian ideas in the history of natural philosophy / Zachhuber, Johannes -- Index of Names -- Index of Ancient Citations -- Index of Subjects
Item Description:"The starting Point of this volume goes back as September 2011, when Christoph Markschies and I organised a conference at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin under the title "The World Soul and Cosmic Space",..." (Acknowledgment)
Format:Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
ISBN:3110628600
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1515/9783110628609