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In: New Perspectives on Aristotle's De caelo

In his opening speech, Timaeus (Timaeus 27d5-29b1) argues that the cosmos must be the product of a craftsman looking to an eternal paradigm. Yet his premises seem at best to justify only that the world could have been made by such a craftsman. This paper seeks to clarify Timaeus’ justification for his stronger conclusion. It is argued that Timaeus sees a necessary role for craftsmanship as a cause that makes becoming like being.

In: Phronesis

Aristotle thinks that an account, a logos, of some sort is characteristic of craft, technē. Some scholars think that the logos element of technē is tagged onto experience as a theoretical element not directly engaged in successful production: I argue instead that the logos grounds the productive ability of craft, and also that is practically orientated in a way that distinguishes it from the logos of theoretical science. Understanding the logos of craft thus helps us explain how the craftsman differs both from the merely experienced practitioner and from the theoretical scientist.

In: Phronesis
In: Phronesis
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