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Between Chora and the Good: Metaphor's Metaphysical Neighborhood

Charles P. Bigger


Plato's chora as developed in the Timaeus is a creative matrix in which things arise and stand out in response to the lure of the Good. Chora is paired with the Good, its polar opposite; both are “beyond being” and the metaphors hitherto thought to disclose the transcendent. They underlie Plato's distinction of a procreative gap between being and becoming. The chiasmus between the Good and chora makes possible their mutual participation in one another. This gap makes possible both phenomenological and cosmological interpretations of Plato. Metaph ... More

Keywords: Plato, chora, Timaeus, the Good, metaphor, chiasmus, phenomenological, cosmological interpretations, Christian Neoplatonism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780823223503
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823223503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles P. Bigger, author
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Louisiana State University