Is Republics' Philosopher Timaeus' God?

Komurcuoglu Ş.

BEYTULHIKME-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, vol.9, no.3, pp.609-623, 2019 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.18491/beytulhikme.1479
  • Page Numbers: pp.609-623
  • Keywords: Plato, Republic, Timaeus, Demiurgos, philosopher, God


In this article, the question of if there is a parallel between the depictions of the philosopher-king and the depictions of the god (Demiurgos) depicted in the Timaeus dialogue is sought. This specific question, which we are looking for the answer, is related to another question which can be expressed as if there is a parallel between the image of God and the image of the philosopher in Plato's dialogues. To find the answer to the question, passages selected from the Republic and Timaeus dialogues will be evaluated comparatively around specific themes. The article is structured around three basic points. The first point is that the ideals are models. The second point is the manager, who manages according to the ideal, is absolute good. The final point is that the management is to give standard, order and harmony. From these three central points, the Republic and Timaeus dialogues will be compared and the similarity between them will be shown.