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Plato's Forms in Transition A Reading of the Parmenides

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ISBN-10: 0521864569

ISBN-13: 9780521864565

Edition: 2006

Authors: Samuel C. Rickless

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There is a mystery at the heart of Plato's Parmenides. In the first part, Parmenides criticizes what is widely regarded as Plato's mature theory of Forms, and in the second, he promises to explain how the Forms can be saved from these criticisms. Ever since the dialogue was written, scholars have struggled to determine how the two parts of the work fit together. Did Plato mean us to abandon, keep, or modify the theory of Forms, on the strength of Parmenides' criticisms? Samuel Rickless offers something that has never been done before: a careful reconstruction of every argument in the dialogue. He concludes that Plato's main aim was to argue that the theory of Forms should be modified by allowing that forms can have contrary properties. To grasp this is to solve the mystery of the Parmenides and understand its crucial role in Plato's philosophical development.
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Book details

List price: $103.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/23/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 292
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The theory of forms
The high theory
The higher theory
The theory criticized
The extent of the forms
Parts and wholes
The Third Man
Forms as thoughts
Paradigmatism
The Greatest Difficulty
Conclusion
The theory modified: methodology
The First Deduction
The Second Deduction
From the Appendix to the Fourth Deduction
The Appendix to the first two Deductions
The Third Deduction
The Fourth Deduction
From the Fifth to the Eighth Deduction
The Fifth Deduction
The Sixth Deduction
The Seventh Deduction
The Eighth Deduction
Conclusion
Conclusion
References
Index of forms discussed
Index of Deductions
Index of passages cited
General index