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Plato's Introduction of Forms

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ISBN-10: 0521838010

ISBN-13: 9780521838016

Edition: 2004

Authors: R. M. Dancy

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Scholars of Plato are divided between those who emphasize the literature of the dialogues and those who emphasize the argument of the dialogues, and between those who see a development in the thought of the dialogues and those who do not. In this important book Russell Dancy focuses on the arguments and defends a developmental picture. He explains the Theory of Forms of the Phaedo and Symposium as an outgrowth of the quest for definitions canvassed in the Socratic dialogues, by constructing a Theory of Definition for the Socratic dialogues based on the refutations of definitions in those dialogues, and showing how that theory is mirrored in the Theory of Forms. His discussion, notable for…    
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Book details

List price: $110.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/16/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 364
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Note on the text
A Socratic Theory of Definition
Socrates' demand for definitions
Fixing the topic
Socrates' requirements: substitutivity
Socrates' requirements: paradigms
Socrates' requirements: explanations
Socrates' requirements: explaining by paradigms
Explaining: presence, participation; the Lysis
Between Definitions and Forms
The Meno
Platonic Forms
Phaedo 64-66: enter the forms
Phaedo 72-78: the forms and recollection
The beautiful in the Symposium
Phaedo 95a-107b: forms and causes
Index of passages cited
General index