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“This” and “Such” in the Receptacle Passage of Plato’s Timaeus

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One short passage on what is called the Receptacle in Plato’s Timaeus (49c–50a) has been the subject of much controversy since Cherniss presented an alternative reading of it in 1954. In this paper, I criticize an influential argument presented by Zeyl for a traditional reading, and propose a new interpretation which adopts the alternative reading on important sentences of the passage, but is not accompanied by the defects of Cherniss’ interpretation.

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