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Unformatted text preview: precisely, what an artist would have to be in Plato’s conception of art: not the inventor of new form, but the imposer of pre-existing form on as yet formless material. The Elements • The physical world must have bodily form; it must be visible and tangible (31b). • Hence, its ingredients must include fire and earth. • Since fire and earth will have to be combined, there must be at least one other ingredient that serves to combine them. • But since fire and earth are solids , we require two intermediates to combine them. • Hence, the demiurge created air and water , and arranged all four elements proportionally: as fire is to air, air is to water; as air is to water, water is to earth. • As we will see below, we have not reached the bottom with these four elements: there are (geometrical) atoms of which these elements are composed....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09