Anders Dahl Sørensen
Thesis: “Plato on Power”
I’m interested in the role of power, force, and conflict in Plato’s political and cosmological thought. In his later dialogues we find a sharpened awareness of the dynamic nature of city and cosmos: Socrates, in the opening of the Timaeus, asserts that the account of the ideal city is incomplete until we have seen it actively engage in war, and the city of the Statesman is characterized by an only partly resolvable social conflict. On the cosmic level, the demiurge needs to use force, not only persuasion, in his creation and retention of the universe, and, in the Sophist, Plato plays with the idea of a ‘dynamic’ ontology.