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The Tomb of the Artisan God: On Plato's Timaeus

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2020.04.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Serge Margel, The Tomb of the Artisan God: On Plato's Timaeus, Philippe Lynes (tr.), University of Minnesota Press, 2019, 146pp., $20.00 (pbk), ISBN 9781517906429. Reviewed by Annie Larivée, Carleton University Despite the complexity of its content and purpose, Serge Margel's book proceeds from one central intuition: that the demiurge in Plato's Timaeus, regardless of the excellence of his skills and aims, is a powerless god. The volume was originally published twenty-five years ago. Philippe Lynes's translation has an addition and a notable omission. While the addition is rather inconsequential -- a three-page preface in which Margel situates this his first book in the context of his subsequent work -- the omission is not. The original French version had a long introduction, "Avances", by Derrida, which has been omitted.[1] The question arises: can Margel's book stand on its own, or is its meaning tied to a symbiotic... Read More

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