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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: February 2020

Chapter 5 - Soul, Life, and Nutrition in the Timaeus

from I - Early Greek Philosophy and Medicine


Johansen examines the role of internal heat in the theories of nutrition and animal generation in Plato’s Timaeus. There, Plato does not ascribe the status of being besouled to all beings which engage in nutrition, but to beings with perceptive faculties. This raises questions as to the status of nutrition in the explanation of life and besouled beings.