This is often the most attention-grabbing of all post-Aristotelian Greek philosophical texts, written at an important second within the defeat of paganism via Christianity, advert 529, while the Emperor Justinian closed the pagan Neoplatonist tuition in Athens. Philoponus in Alexandria was once an excellent Christian thinker, steeped in Neoplatonism, who grew to become the pagans' principles opposed to them. the following he assaults the main religious of the sooner Athenian pagan philosophers, Proclus, protecting the distinctively Christian view that the universe had a starting opposed to Proclus' eighteen arguments on the contrary, that are mentioned in eighteen chapters. Chapters 6-8 are translated during this quantity.
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15. The third sense of ‘generated’ was that according to which the world has its being in coming to be. It is this sense above all that Proclus endorses in his comments on the passages under discussion. At any rate, in the work that we mentioned earlier184 entitled An Examination of Aristotle’s Criticisms of Plato’s Timaeus, when arguing against Aristotle, who himself supposes that the world is everlasting but charges Plato with making it generated from a [point of] time (we have explained185 in what sense ‘from a [point of] time’ is used in the case of the world), he endorses what Aristotle says about the everlastingness of the world but claims that his accusations against Plato are unjust.
If, then, everything corporeal in the world is perceived [by the senses], it is clear that Plato does not intend [the world] to be [in the class] of things which are ungenerated but [in the class] of things which come to be and perish and never really are. For just as each particular thing, for instance this animal or this plant, is, on account of the continuity, so to speak, of its alteration, restored and repaired76 by the nature which has immediate governance of them, even so, says77 Plato (who believes that the heaven and the whole world are constructed from the same elements from which particulars have been framed) is it (even though he supposes that it is immortal) a restored immortality which accrues to [the world] since the power of the creator continuously repairs it on account of all bodily nature invariably being in a state of change and alteration.
But he actually says ‘having no beginning [to its] generation’ and, again, ‘or has come to be, having started from some beginning’, always linking [the idea of] beginning with [that of] generation. [And whereas] a thing that is everlastingly coming to be ‘has no beginning [to its] its generation’, he actually says that the world ‘has come to be, having originated from some beginning’. For because [the words] ‘has come to be’ would perhaps have seemed to some to indicate that the world [not only] exists through the agency of the creator but has received its existence from everlasting (as Plato says is the case for eternal things, which have received their being from God but exist eternally without [having originated] from any beginning), he rules out this notion as far as the world is concerned by adding ‘having started from some beginning’ after [the words] ‘has come to be’.
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