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0521864569 - Samuel C. Rickless - Plato's Forms in Transition~ A Reading of the Parmenides [2006]

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0521864569 - Samuel C. Rickless - Plato's Forms in Transition~ A Reading of the Parmenides [2006]
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  This page intentionally left blank   PLATO’S FORMS IN TRANSITION There is a mystery at the heart of Plato’s  Parmenides  . In the first part,Parmenides criticizes what is widely regarded as Plato’s mature theory of forms, and in the second, he promises to explain how the forms canbe saved from these criticisms. Ever since the dialogue was written,scholars have struggled to determine how the two parts of the work fit together. Did Plato mean us to abandon, keep, or modify thetheory of forms, on the strength of Parmenides’ criticisms? SamuelRickless offers something that has never been done before: a carefulreconstruction of every argument in the dialogue. He concludes thatPlato’s main aim was to argue that the theory of forms should bemodified by allowing that forms can have contrary properties. Tograsp this is to solve the mystery of the  Parmenides   and understand itscrucial role in Plato’s philosophical development. samuel c. rickless  is Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego.
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