The aim of the colloquium is to discuss some prominent and some new answers to the question: How should we understand the third entity which Timaeus introduces and labels receptacle or ‘chora’? This Platonic notion has been a bone of contention in both ancient and modern debates. Admittedly there have been some valuable contributions in Plato research. Nonetheless the problem of how we can work against the very influential Aristotelian exegesis has not been adequately focussed on.
09:30 - 10:15
The Receptacle: an Ontological or a Cosmological Requirement?
13:00 - 13:45
Mother CHORA and Her Children
Edward N. Lee
15:30 - 16:15
The Reception of the Receptacle: Platonists on the Chora
09:00 - 09:45
The Explanatory Role of Chora
11:30 - 12:15
Reading Plato Backwards: from Timaeus 52d to 48e