The Cosmic Conversation, A Note on Plato's Timaeus --- Jacob Glover | Numéro Cinq
But what is most interesting to me is the way Plato uses the verb "persuade." By using "persuade" Plato immediately moves from scientific or philosophical discourse into poetry. Even the idea that necessity has desire or will is poetic, i.e. the suggestion that necessity and intelligence have intention and interact with another creates the metaphorical image of two people debating. Plato suggests that necessity wants to do one thing, but intelligence persuades it do another. He is personifying absolute principles of the cosmos as desiring entities.