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The Fate of PlaceA Philosophical History$
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Edward S. Casey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276031

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276031.001.0001

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Mastering the Matrix

Mastering the Matrix

The Enuma Elish and Plato’s Timaeus

(p.23) 2 Mastering the Matrix
The Fate of Place

Edward S. Casey

University of California Press

This chapter examines the notion of place as matrix in Enuma Elish and Plato’s Timaeus. Place figures as a generative matrix throughout Enuma Elish. References to “void” and “chaos” in the text occur as retrospective interpretation of what has already taken place. What actually takes place, that is, arises as place, occurs in the form of a matrix—or, more exactly, of place-as-matrix. Plato formalizes the necessity of preexisting spaces (i.e., places, regions) for the occurrence of creation. The term “Receptacle” refers to the pregiven space with which the Demiurge must begin. It is altogether by and in the Receptacle construed as “mother” that the phallogonic paternal action of the Demiurge occurs within a matrix.

Keywords:   creation, matrix, void, place, space, Receptacle, Demiurge

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