Definition of demiurge in English:
1.1(In Platonic philosophy) the Maker or Creator of the world.
- Interwoven with these references to an almost Platonic demiurge are appeals to the selecting power of an active ‘Nature’.
- A certain mystique attached to the word as a result of analogies often drawn between the creative activity of the artist and the creation of the world by the deity or by a Platonic demiurge in accordance with Ideas or prototypes.
- Western concepts of God have ranged from the detached transcendent demiurge of Aristotle to the pantheism of Spinoza.
1.2(In Gnosticism and other theological systems) a heavenly being, subordinate to the Supreme Being, that is considered to be the controller of the material world and antagonistic to all that is purely spiritual.
- The Gnostics thought that the God worshiped by most Christians was a demiurge or usurper.
- Call it the demiurge cycle, after the Gnostic notion that our world is governed by a mad ersatz God.
- Gnostic teaching distinguished between a perfect and remote divine being and an imperfect demiurge who had created suffering.
early 17th century (denoting a magistrate in certain ancient Greek states): via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek dēmiourgos 'craftsman', from dēmios 'public' (from dēmos 'people') + -ergos 'working'.
- Example sentences
- He is here just a trace-copyist, a technician without a smudge of demiurgic imagination.
- Man is occasionally represented as having been framed out of a piece of the body of the Creator, or made by some demiurgic potter out of clay.
- Pluto is an intellectual demiurgic god, who frees souls from generation.
- Example sentences
- Barney's demiurgical universe of the nearly normal and utterly bizarre makes viewers anxious for more.
- But the tree of life becomes a vehicle of bondage and dependence established by the demiurgical realm.
- It is easy to be impressed with our demiurgical abilities and to believe we can mold digital technology however we desire.
Definition of demiurge in:
- US English dictionary