Ancient Philosophy 32 (1):77-86 (2012)

Matthew Duncombe
Nottingham University
Sophist 255c14 distinguishes καθ’ αὑτά and πρὸς ἄλλα (in relation to others). Many commentators identify this with the ‘absolute’ and ‘relative’ category distinction. However, terms such as ‘same’ cannot fit into either category. Several reliable manuscripts read πρὸς ἄλληλα (in relation to each other) for πρὸς ἄλλα. I show that πρὸς ἄλληλα is a palaeographically plausible reading which accommodates the problematic terms. I then defend my reading against objections.
Keywords Plato  Categories  Absolute  Relative  Sophist  Parmenides
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DOI 10.5840/ancientphil20123214
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