Diairesis and _Koinonia_ in _Sophist_ 253d1-e3

History of Philosophy Quarterly 38 (1):1-20 (2020)
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Here I interpret a central passage in Plato's Sophist by focusing on understudied elements that provide insight into the fit of the dialogue's parts and the Sophist-Statesman diptych as a whole. I argue that the Eleatic Stranger's account of what the dialectician "adequately views" at Sophist 253d1-e3 involves both division and the communion of ontological kinds, not just one or the other as has been typically argued. I also consider other key passages and the turn throughout the dialogue from imagistic opining toward noetic understanding.

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