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Between Chora and the GoodMetaphor's Metaphysical Neighborhood$
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Charles P. Bigger

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823223503

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823223503.001.0001

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The Matrix

The Matrix

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Between Chora and the Good

Charles P. Bigger

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the concept of Plato's matrix in relation to the chora and the Good. It explains that Plato identifies the receptacle's primordial contents with shape, powers, and feeling, with the passions expressed in the elementary shapes. These forms, feelings, and powers are not subjective/expressive or objective/physicalistic. The receptacle is a container of forces or a homologous container of feelings and, as chora, matrix of their ontic expression, real or virtual, and is the common root of what has hitherto been taken to be the mind/body dualism.

Keywords:   Plato, matrix, chora, the Good, receptacle, ontic expression, mind/body dualism

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