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Promotional info/Publisher's precis - "A Platonic Philosophy of faith demanding situations conventional perspectives of Plato's non secular concept, arguing that those overstate the case for the veneration of Being rather than changing into. Daniel A. Dombrowski explores how method or neoclassical views on Plato's view of God were in most cases ignored, impoverishing either our view of Plato and our view of what may be acknowledged in modern philosophy of faith on a Platonic foundation. taking a look at the mostly overlooked later dialogues, Dombrowski unearths a dynamic theism in Plato and provides a brand new and intensely diversified Platonic philosophy of faith. The work's interpretive framework derives from the appliance of technique philosophy and discusses the continuation of Plato's concept within the works of Hartshorne and Whitehead."

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Whitehead is clear regarding his “principle of relativity” (or again, his “reformed subjectivist principle”) that it belongs to the nature of a being that it is potential for every becoming. In fact, in the “principle of process” itself Whitehead claims that the being of any actual entity is constituted by its becoming and its modifying agency; this is his way of putting Plato’s point that being is power. The stubborn facts of this world have power in Whitehead, as they do in Plato and Locke; specifically, the power to have the constitutions of Being Is Power 37 other particulars conditioned and the power to be conditioned by these other particulars.

2), in contrast to The One. Hartshorne supplements Findlay’s insights. The Greeks—Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus among them—realized that any possible world must involve a multiplicity of individuals, each making their own decisions. Hence there is an aspect of real chance in what happens. , the tychism) found in Epicurus. It is perhaps this failure that accounts for the monopolarity of the Neoplatonists in their interpretation of Plato, as we will see. In a way, Plotinus reaffirms Plato’s “three aspects of the ultimate” in the Timaeus: the forms (especially the form of the good), the Demiurge, and the World Soul.

Finally, to conclude this cursory glance at Weiss, consider his Modes of Being. Here he admits that each mode of being exerts a characteristic power and that each actuality has its own dynamic power. He nonetheless also claims that God’s power is unlimited and that God is omnipotent. Weiss is quite clear that there is a conflict between divine omnipotence and the powerful modes of being other than God, but he does not resolve the conflict. 31 I stated earlier that it has not been historians of philosophy in the traditions of analytic or continental philosophy who have paid sufficient attention to the claim that being is power, but process philosophers.

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