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The Urge to Write: Of Murdoch on Plato’s Demiurge

  • David Robjant
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Abstract

The Timaeus is difficult, and Murdoch has two strands of thought about it. On the one hand she thinks it a defence of Forms, and on the other hand she thinks it is an allegory on the inspiration and limitations of the artist, or creative literary writer. Arguing that the two strands get in each other’s way, and that one is mistaken, I will defend and expand on ‘Plato’s portrait of the artist’.

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  • David Robjant
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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