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  1. The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues.Vasilis Politis - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book proposes and defends a radically new account of Plato's method of argument and enquiry in his early dialogues. Vasilis Politis challenges the traditional account according to which these dialogues are basically about the demand for definitions, and questions the equally traditional view that what lies behind Plato's method of argument is a peculiar theory of knowledge. He argues that these dialogues are enquiries set in motion by dilemmas and aporiai, incorporating both a sceptical and an anti-sceptical dimension, and (...)
     
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    Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Metaphysics.Vasilis Politis - 2004 - Routledge.
    Aristotle is perhaps the most important figure in philosophy. Every serious reader of philosophy will come across the Metaphysics , yet until now there has not been an introductory book to help explain the often difficult ideas that arise in the text. This GuideBook looks at the Metaphysics thematically and takes the reader through the main arguments found in the book. The book introduces and assesses Aristotle's life and the background to the Metaphysics, the ideas and text of the Metaphysics (...)
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  3. Aristotle’s Second Problem About a Science of Being Qua Being.Vasilis Politis & Philipp Steinkrüger - 2017 - Ancient Philosophy 37 (1):59-89.
    It is commonly assumed that Aristotle thinks that his claim that being exhibits a category-based pros hen structure, which he introduces to obviate the problem of categorial heterogeneity, is sufficient to defend the possibility of a science of being qua being. We, on the contrary, argue that Aristotle thinks that the pros hen structure is necessary only, but not sufficient, for this task. The central thesis of our paper is that Aristotle, in what follows 1003b19, raises a second problem for (...)
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  4. Aporia and Searching in Early Plato.Vasilis Politis - 2006 - In Lindsay Judson & Vassilis Karasmanis (eds.), Remembering Socrates: Philosophical Essays. Oxford University Press.
  5. Aristotle and the Metaphysics.Vasilis Politis - 2004 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 67 (3):603-603.
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  6. The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy.George Karamanolis & Vasilis Politis (eds.) - 2017 - Cambridge University Press.
    Ancient philosophers from an otherwise diverse range of traditions were connected by their shared use of aporia - translated as puzzlement rooted in conflicts of reasons - as a core tool in philosophical enquiry. The essays in this volume provide the first comprehensive study of aporetic methodology among numerous major figures and influential schools, including the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch, Alexander of Aphrodisias, Academic sceptics, Pyrrhonian sceptics, Plotinus and Damascius. They explore the differences and similarities in these philosophers' approaches to (...)
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  7. The Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle’s Metaphysics.Vasilis Politis - 2017 - Routledge.
    Aristotle is one of the most important figures in western thought and his seminal work _Metaphysics _is a benchmark in the history of philosophy. This guidebook introduces and assesses: Aristotle’s life and the background to the Metaphysics The ideas and text of the _Metaphysics _including a chapter devoted to _Metaphysics_ Theta The continuing importance and contemporary relevance of Aristotle’s work to philosophy. The Routledge Guidebook to Aristotle’s Metaphysics is essential reading for all students of philosophy, and anyone approaching the work (...)
     
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  8. The Voices of Wittgenstein. The Vienna Circle. Ludwig Wittgenstein and Friedrich Waismann.Ludwig Wittgenstein, Gordon Baker, Michael Mackert, John Connolly & Vasilis Politis - 2004 - Erkenntnis 60 (2):271-274.
     
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  9. The Primacy of Self-Love in the Nicomachean Ethics.Vasilis Politis - 1993 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 11:153-174.
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    Aristotle’s Account of the Intellect as Pure Capacity.Vasilis Politis - 2001 - Ancient Philosophy 21 (2):375-402.
  11. Explanation and Essence in Plato's Phaedo.Vasilis Politis - 2010 - In David Charles (ed.), Definition in Greek Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 62--114.
     
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    What Enables Us to Search for the Essence of Things?Vasilis Politis - 2005 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 13 (2):245 - 269.
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  13. What Do the Arguments in the Protagoras Amount To?Vasilis Politis - 2012 - Phronesis 57 (3):209-239.
    Abstract The main thesis of the paper is that, in the coda to the Protagoras (360e-end), Plato tells us why and with what justification he demands a definition of virtue: namely, in order to resolve a particular aporia . According to Plato's assessment of the outcome of the arguments of the dialogue, the principal question, whether or not virtue can be taught , has, by the end of the dialogue, emerged as articulating an aporia , in that both protagonists, Socrates (...)
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    Invoking the Greeks on the Relation Between Thought and Reality: Trendelenburg's Aristotle—Natorp's Plato 1.Vasilis Politis - 2008 - Philosophical Forum 39 (2):191-222.
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    Anti-Realist Interpretations of Plato: Paul Natorp.Vasilis Politis - 2001 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 9 (1):47 – 62.
    The paper considers Paul Natorp's Kantian reading of Plato's theory of ideas, as developed in his monumental work, Platos Ideenlehre, eine Einführung in den Idealismus (1903, 1921). Central to Natrop's reading are, I argue, the following two claims: (1) Plato's ideas are laws, not things; and (2) Plato's theory of ideas in the first instance a theory about the possibility and nature of thought - in particular cognitive and indeed scientific or explanatory thought - and only as a consequence is (...)
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    Plato’s Geach Talks to Socrates: Definition by Example-and-Exemplar in the Hippias Major.Vasilis Politis - 2018 - Phronesis 63 (3):223-228.
    _ Source: _Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 223 - 228 The paper argues that Plato, in the _Hippias Major_ gives due consideration to the question whether, for some qualities F, such as beauty, it is possible to give an account of what F is by pointing to an example-and-exemplar. He takes seriously, and gives cogent reasons in defense of, an affirmative answer to this question in a manner comparable to Geach—although he argues that these reasons lead to inconsistency, if combined (...)
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  17. The Apriority of the Starting‐Point of Kant's Transcendental Epistemology.Vasilis Politis - 1997 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 5 (2):255 – 284.
    The paper raises two questions, which seem central to understanding Kant's transcendental epistemology in the first Critique. First, Kant claims that the conditions for the possibility of experience are also conditions for the possibility of the objects of experience (A158/B197). Here the notion of an object is not conceived from the divine standpoint ('the view from nowhere') and is in some sense relativized to experience. But in what sense? Is the notion of an object relativized to one specific kind of (...)
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    Aristotle’s Advocacy of Non-Productive Action.Vasilis Politis - 1998 - Ancient Philosophy 18 (2):353-379.
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    Aristotle on Being as Activity: Aryeh Kosman: The Activity of Being: An Essay on Aristotle’s Ontology. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2013, 277pp, $45.00 HB.Jun Su & Vasilis Politis - 2015 - Metascience 24 (2):213-218.
    In this engaging book, Kosman offers a vigorous extended defence of a distinctive and highly ambitious claim, namely, that Aristotle’s account of potentiality/ability and actuality/activity in book Theta of the Metaphysics is an integral and central part of Aristotle’s account of what being is, which means that, for Kosman, Aristotle defends the thesis that being is, precisely, activity. In addition to the distinctive character of this claim, there are two notable suppositions behind it, which, likewise, Kosman defends. First, the Metaphysics (...)
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    Reasons and Values.Vasilis Politis - 1997 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 5 (3):425 – 448.
    Reasons and values Christine Korsgaard's Creating The Kingdom of Ends and The Sources of Normativity , Cambridge University Press, 1996. Pp 442. ISBN 0-521-49644-6. Price 40.
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    The Place of Aporia in Plato's Charmides.Vasilis Politis - 2008 - Phronesis 53 (1):1-34.
    The aim of the paper is twofold: to examine the argument in response to Socrates' question whether or not reflexive knowledge is, first, possible, and, second, beneficial; and by doing so, to examine the method of Platos argument. What is distinctive of the method of argument, I want to show, is that Socrates argues on both sides of these questions (the question of possibility and the question of benefit). This, I argue, is why he describes these questions as a source (...)
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    Colloquium 5: Aristotle on Aporia and Searching in Metaphysics.Vasilis Politis - 2003 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 18 (1):145-182.
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    Colloquium 1 How Good is That Thing Called Love? The Volatility of Erōs in Plato’s Symposium.Vasilis Politis - 2016 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 31 (1):1-34.
    I argue that the speech of Socrates-Diotima in Plato’s Symposium is in major part addressed to the questions, ‘How good is erōs?’ and ‘Is erōs a good thing or not?’; erōs being characterized as, precisely, the state of the human soul which is the desire for beauty and beautiful things. I conclude that, according to Plato, erōs is not, by itself, good-directed, or, by itself, bad-directed. Rather, erōs is capable of going either way, and which way it will actually go (...)
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    Self-Refutation Castagnoli Ancient Self-Refutation. The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument From Democritus to Augustine. Pp. Xx + 394, Ills. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Cased, £60. ISBN: 978-0-521-89631-3. [REVIEW]Vasilis Politis - 2012 - The Classical Review 62 (1):86-88.
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    The Golden Age of Virtue: Aristotle's Ethics.Vasilis Politis & Theodore Scaltsas - 1995 - Philosophical Quarterly 45 (179):258.
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    Weakness of the Will.Vasilis Politis - 1992 - Cogito 6 (3):178-181.
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    Books Briefly Noted.Teresa Iglesias, Maire O'Neill, Victor E. Taylor, Thomas Docherty, Pauline Hyde, Joseph S. O'Leary, Vasilis Politis & Mark Dooley - 1995 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 3 (2):383 – 392.
    Bioethics in a Liberal Societ By Max Charlesworth, Cambridge University Press, 1993. Pp. 172. ISBN 0?521?44952?9. £9.95 pbk. The Logical Universe: The Real Universe By Noel Curran Avebury, 1994. Pp. 158. ISBN 1?85628?863?3. £32.50. Beyond Postmodern Politics: Lyotard, Rorty, Foucault By Honi Fern Haber Routledge, 1994. Pp.viii + 160. ISBN 0?415?90823?X. $15.95. Baudrillard's Bestiary: Baudrillard and Culture By Mike Gane Routledge, 1991, Pp. 184. ISBN 0?415?06307?8. £10.99 pbk. Truth, Fiction and Literature: A Philosophical Perspective By Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom (...)
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    Brill Online Books and Journals.Vasilis Politis - 2008 - Phronesis 53 (1).
  29. In Plato's Phaedo.Vasilis Politis - 2010 - In David Charles (ed.), Definition in Greek Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 62.
     
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  30. Michael Slote, "From Morality to Virtue". [REVIEW]Vasilis Politis - 1994 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 2 (1):168.
     
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