Pardon the Interruption: Khōra, Rhetoric, and Cosmological Irony

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The Timaeus is a muthos that attempts to imagine a logos of the cosmos. Like the demiurge, readers are to be mimetic artists, poets (Tim. 28c3), who move constantly between the intelligible essences and their likenesses in the world of appearance, experience, and becoming, occupying a third register that is neither and both (28a6-b2). The cosmology of the Timaeus is both a likely story and an allegory of its own failure. It takes place within the nonspace of the khōra, a realm accessible only through bastard reasoning that we can perceive only as if in a dream. The Timaeus is an unfinalizable logos in which each moment of positing is also a moment of irony and interrogation, of simultaneous acceptance and active separation, of choric space.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-66
Number of pages16
JournalClassical Antiquity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2022

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  • Derrida
  • Gorgias
  • Plato
  • Socrates
  • Timaeus
  • cosmology
  • irony
  • khōra
  • logos
  • metaphysics
  • muthos
  • rhetoric


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