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1. A powerful creative force or personality.
2. A public magistrate in some ancient Greek states.
3. Demiurge A deity in Gnosticism, Manichaeism, and other religions who creates the material world and is often viewed as the originator of evil.
4. Demiurge A Platonic deity who orders or fashions the material world out of chaos.

[Late Latin dēmiurgus, from Greek dēmiourgos, artisan : dēmios, public (from dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots) + ergos, worker (from ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots).]

dem′i·ur′geous (-ûr′jəs), dem′i·ur′gic (-jĭk), dem′i·ur′gi·cal (-jĭ-kəl) adj.
dem′i·ur′gi·cal·ly adv.


(ˈdɛmɪˌɜːdʒ; ˈdiː-) or


1. (Philosophy)
a. (in the philosophy of Plato) the creator of the universe
b. (in Gnostic and some other philosophies) the creator of the universe, supernatural but subordinate to the Supreme Being
2. (Law) (in ancient Greece) a magistrate with varying powers found in any of several states
[C17: from Church Latin dēmiūrgus, from Greek dēmiourgos skilled workman, literally: one who works for the people, from dēmos people + ergon work]
ˌdemiˈurgeous, ˌdemiˈurgic, ˌdemiˈurgical adj
ˌdemiˈurgically adv


(ˈdɛm iˌɜrdʒ)

a. (in Platonism) the artificer of the world.
b. (in Gnostic and other systems) a subordinate supernatural being who created the world and is regarded as the creator of evil.
2. (in ancient Greece) a public official or magistrate.
[1590–1600; < Greek dēmiourgós artisan, public official =dḗmio(s) of the people (derivative of dêmos the people) + -orgos, akin to érgon work]
dem`i•ur′gi•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demiurge - a subordinate deity, in some philosophies the creator of the universe
deity, divinity, god, immortal - any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
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Neo-Platonist and Gnostic concept of the demiurge, allusions to Jungian
Among the Marubo, an aspect that reiterates the non-validity of an interior / exterior dichotomy has to do with the demiurge spirits involved in the emergence of the cosmos: no separation between a Creator Spirit to created matter is presumed.
And he will have to resist those of his supporters who, in the heady glow of victory, would have him be both demiurge and thaumaturge.
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The latter is well known for developing the concept of a sole God (pleroma, or the whole spiritual world) and a distinct concept of the Demiurge (creative power from which the material bodies emerge).
In Political Romanticism, Carl Schmitt describes the central tension of the post-French Revolutionary moment as "Humanity as the revolutionary demiurge, history as the conservative demiurge.
We know, in contrast, that the Forms exist outside time, as evidenced by the fact that they were already in existence when the demiurge created time (Timaeus 37c-39e).
Instead, he is an artist; before he addresses the public, in works such as The Invisible Thread or At the Drive-In, with their blurs and looping scribbles, he addresses the meaning of painting and its making, the search for that eternal alchemy of a sign that is not a sign, a color that is not color, a work that consists solely of itself, through its own inner necessity, for which the artist acts as an organizing demiurge rather than a creator.
One suspects therefore that Pinggot insinuates himself to fellow artists' studios to satisfy his journalistic craving to document and detail the intricate process that starts with inspiration and demiurge and ends in fruition and creation.
But if it is the creation of some subdeity, a Demiurge, then the "top" God is not all-powerful since he could not prevent the veil from coming into being.
On the one hand, Timaeus is explicitly referring to the demiurge in this passage.
The existence of a creator God demiurge of the supreme God,