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demiurge

(dĕm`ēûrj') [Gr.,=workman, craftsman], name given by Plato in a mythological passage in the Timaeus to the creator God. In GnosticismGnosticism
, dualistic religious and philosophical movement of the late Hellenistic and early Christian eras. The term designates a wide assortment of sects, numerous by the 2d cent. A.D.
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 the Demiurge, creator of the material world, was not God but the Archon, or chief of the lowest order of spirits or aeons. According to the Gnostics, the Demiurge was able to endow man only with psyche (sensuous soul)—the pneuma (rational soul) having been added by God. The Gnostics identified the Demiurge with the Jehovah of the Hebrews. In philosophy the term is used to denote a divinity who is the builder of the universe rather than its creator.

Demiurge

 

the term denoting, in philosophy, the creator of any source; and in theology, god, or the creator of the world. In ancient Greece its chief meaning was social: demiourgoi were the craftmen and merchants in the population, as opposed to the landowning elite (eupatridae), the farmers (geomoroi), and the people involved in free professions, such as doctors, poets, and singers.

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In addition to the material elements (61) existing in a scarcely determinate and distinguishable (boundless, unlike) condition, (62) we have the receptacle or space (hupodoche or chora) "in which" these elements are found, (63) as well as the demiurge and the paradigmatic forms that the demiurge uses to create the cosmos and all its creatures.
There is some evidence that Speusippus and Xenocrates, Plato's successors at the Academy, viewed Plato's account of the demiurge as standing in a causal, rather than temporal, relation to the cosmos, i.
Why is the Demiurge of the Timaeus hampered by the recalcitrance of his materials, for example, whereas the God of Laws X is apparently not?
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