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

Oxford University Press (1993)

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Gail Fine
Cornell University
Abstract
The Peri ide^on is the only work in which Aristotle systematically sets out and criticizes arguments for the existence of Platonic forms. Gail Fine presents the first full-length treatment in English of this important but neglected work. She asks how, and how well, Aristotle understands Plato's theory of forms, and why and with what justification he favors an alternative metaphysical scheme. She examines the significance of the Peri ide^on for some central questions about Plato's theory of forms--whether, for example, there are forms corresponding to every property or only to some, and if only to some, then to which ones; whether forms are universals, particulars or both; and whether they are meanings, properties or both. Fine also provides a general discussion of Plato's theory of forms, and of our evidence about the Peri ide^on and its date, scope, and aims. While she pays careful attention to the details of the text, she also relates it to contemporary philosophical concerns. The book will be valuable for anyone interested in metaphysics ancient or modern
Keywords Form (Philosophy  Universals (Philosophy
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Call number B491.F63.F56 1993
ISBN(s) 0198239491   9780198235491
DOI 10.2307/2219618
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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 of the Peri Idēon, which is the focus of the study. Fine uses the recensio vulgata (OAC) of... see more

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Fine begins to examine the so‐called ‘More Accurate’ arguments, beginning with the Argument from Relatives. The Argument from Relatives is important for two reasons; it is the only argument that follows Plato in distinguishing between predicates like ‘equal’ and those like ‘man’; and it is... see more

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