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On Ideas: Aristotle's Criticism of Plato's Theory of Forms

Gail Fine

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198235491
eISBN:
9780191597398
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235496.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Gail Fine's On Ideas is a study of Book I of Aristotle's short essay Peri Idēon, in which Aristotle presents a systematic account of a series of five arguments for the existence of Platonic forms ... More


Third Man Arguments

Gail Fine

in On Ideas: Aristotle's Criticism of Plato's Theory of Forms

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198235491
eISBN:
9780191597398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235496.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The Third Man Argument is a regress argument that purports to show that if there is even one form of F, then there are infinitely many forms of F. That a regress can be identified is in itself an ... More


The Accurate One Over Many Argument

Gail Fine

in On Ideas: Aristotle's Criticism of Plato's Theory of Forms

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198235491
eISBN:
9780191597398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235496.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Fine argues that this One over Many Argument is different from the one already discussed in Ch. 10. It differs in that it is a valid argument for the existence of forms and also in that the premises ... More


Is Plato Vulnerable to the Third Man Argument?

Gail Fine

in On Ideas: Aristotle's Criticism of Plato's Theory of Forms

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198235491
eISBN:
9780191597398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235496.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

If Plato is committed to the premises of the Third Man Argument, he is vulnerable to the Third Man Argument. Fine has argued that Plato is committed to self‐predication (in a broad sense); hence, if ... More


Plato on the Self-Predication of Forms: Early and Middle Dialogues

John Malcolm

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239062
eISBN:
9780191679827
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239062.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Much of the recent literature published on Plato's metaphysics has involved the Third Man Argument found in his dialogue Parmenides. This argument depends upon construing Forms both as universals and ... More


The doctrine of Forms under critique: PART I PART I Metaphysics A 9, 990a33–991b9

Dorothea Frede

in Aristotle's Metaphysics Alpha: Symposium Aristotelicum

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199639984
eISBN:
9780191743337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639984.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In the chapter's first part Aristotle diagnoses the problems in Plato's theory of the Forms as causes. He focuses on the Forms as paradigms of their participants, familiar from Plato's middle ... More


The Third Man

John Malcolm

in Plato on the Self-Predication of Forms: Early and Middle Dialogues

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239062
eISBN:
9780191679827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239062.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter undertakes some observations of the Third Man Argument (TMA). Although the two basic assumptions upon which the TMA rests are inconsistent — for by Non-Identity the Form is not an ... More


Text and Translation

Gail Fine

in On Ideas: Aristotle's Criticism of Plato's Theory of Forms

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198235491
eISBN:
9780191597398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198235496.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The fragments of the Peri Idēon are preserved in the Greek commentator Alexander's commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics. In Ch. 1, Fine offers the Greek text, followed by her translation, of Book I ... More


The Rejection of the Doctrine that the Form is not an F Thing

John Malcolm

in Plato on the Self-Predication of Forms: Early and Middle Dialogues

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239062
eISBN:
9780191679827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239062.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter rejects four versions of Thesis A, the position that the F itself is not an F thing at all, statements of self-predication being given analyses which preclude positing an (ideal) entity ... More


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