Philosophisches Jahrbuch 105 (2):267 (1998)

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Jörg Disse
Theologische Fakultät Fulda, Germany
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Against the general view of analytical Plato-research I intend to show that Plato's Theory of Ideas can today still be interpreted as metaphysics in a positive sense. With the late Wittgenstein I concede that by hypostasizing concepts it is not possible to posit any kind of transcendance. However for Plato this was not the true reason for his metaphysical interpretation of Ideas, but - as G. Vlastos also notices - a metaphysical experience as it is described in particular in the Ascent-Passage of the Symposium. Given that this experience can only be interpreted as a coincidence of thought and intuition, the analytical presupposition which is responsible for the anti-metaphysical attitude among analytical interpreters - predicates can be no objects - is necessarely relativised. The possibility of such an experience however cannot just be ruled out as philosophically irrelevant.
Keywords concept  idea  religious experience  metaphysics
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