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demiourgos  Term Image (δημιουργος) Script Image
(Language:  Greek)
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Short Description: ‘craftsman’
Long Description: Creator in Plato’s Timaeus, literally ‘craftsman’, who as the Father and King contains in one perfection of all things; when things are distributed to the particulated or manifested world, they become diversified and come under the power of different ruling principles; the Platonic Creator creates by appealing to a higher Paradigm, autozoon, which, for Neoplatonists, lies at the highest noetic level; for Proclus, demiourgos is the intellective Living-Being ( noeron zoon), and the Forms in the Creator’s Intellect are compared to the notions of public offices in the mind of a statesman; He is the efficient (poietikos), the formal ( eidetikos), and the final ( telikos) cause of the temporal, physical world; initially, the Greek concept of the divine craftsman is related to the Egyptian god Ptah and the Ugaritian Kothar-wa-Hasis.
Source(s): The Golden Chain: An Anthology of Platonic and Pythagorean Philosophy, by Dr. Algis Uždavinys
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms