Reading ‘is’ Existentially in Republic 476–80

Patrick Toner
Wake Forest University
An existential reading of ?is? in the argument at Republic 476?480 is widely thought to be objectionable because it commits Plato to belief in degrees of existence. In this paper, I argue that neither proposed alternative?the veridical reading or the predicative reading?can be reconciled with the text, thus forcing the existential reading upon us. Further, I show that when Plato's doctrine of existence is properly understood, his commitment to degrees of existence is not at all absurd
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DOI 10.1080/09608788.2011.555157
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