Luca Pitteloud

Visiting Year: 2022 (late March)

Discipline: Ancient Philosophy

Project Title: The Timaeus as a Thought Experiment

I am professor for ancient philosophy at the Federal University of ABC in São Paulo, Brazil. I did my PhD at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. During my stay, I plan to investigate the function of the Demiurge in Plato’s Timaeus. This  is part of a larger project that aims to demonstrate that the Timaeus is best understood as a thought experiment, and to present the implications of such a view for the interpretation of other key aspects of Plato’s cosmology.  My main objective will be to formulate the thesis that the Demiurge is an epistemological tool because it allows for the creation of a mental representation of the universe. 

Host: Gretchen Reydams-Schils