On Ideas: Aristotles Criticism of Platos Theory of Forms

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byGail Fine

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The Peri ideon (On Ideas) 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, and why andwith what justification he favours an alternative metaphysical scheme. She also examines the significance of the Peri ideon for some central questions about Plato's theory of forms - whether, for example, there are forms corresponding to every property or only to some, then to which ones; whetherforms are universals, particulars, or both; and whether they are meanings, properties, or both. In addition to discussing the Peri ideon and its sources in Plato's dialogues, Fine also provides a general discussion of Plato's theory of forms, and of our evidence about the date, scope, and aims of the Peri ideon. While she pays careful attention to the details of the text, she also relatesthe issues to current philosophical concerns. The book will be valuable for anyone interested in metaphysics ancient or modern.

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The Peri Ideon (One Ideas) is the only work in which Aristotle systematically set 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 (which survives only in fragments preserved by the Greek commentator Alexander.)

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The Peri ideon (On Ideas) 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, and why andwith what justification he favours an alternati...

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The Peri Ideon (One Ideas) is the only work in which Aristotle systematically set 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 (which survives only in fragments preserved by the Greek commentator Alexander.)

Gail Fine is at Cornell University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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The Peri Ideon (One Ideas) is the only work in which Aristotle systematically set 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 (which survives only in fragments preserved by the Greek commentator Alexander.)

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`Admirable book ... Fine explores the arguments for forms and Aristotle's criticism of them with exemplary thoroughness and care, and great philosophical sophistication ... Her On Ideas is ... not only a first-rate contribution to the understanding of Aristotle's On Ideas, but a work offundamental importance for our interpretation of Plato's metaphysics and epistemology ... extremely rich book ... Fine's book raises deep issues about Plato's metaphysics and epistemology. It is an impressive work that richly repays careful study; and no one who is interested in this aspect ofancient thought can afford to ignore it.'Richard Kraut, The Philosophical Review