Unity and Development in Plato's Metaphysics (RLE: Plato)

Unity and Development in Plato's Metaphysics (RLE: Plato)

by William Prior
     
 

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Studies of Plato’s metaphysics have tended to emphasise either the radical change between the early Theory of Forms and the late doctrines of the Timaeus and the Sophist, or to insist on a unity of approach that is unchanged throughout Plato’s career. The author lays out an alternative approach. Focussing on two metaphysical doctrines of central

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Studies of Plato’s metaphysics have tended to emphasise either the radical change between the early Theory of Forms and the late doctrines of the Timaeus and the Sophist, or to insist on a unity of approach that is unchanged throughout Plato’s career. The author lays out an alternative approach. Focussing on two metaphysical doctrines of central importance to Plato’s thought – the Theory of Forms and the doctrine of Being and Becoming – he suggests a continuous progress can be traced through Plato’s works. He presents his argument through an examination of the metaphysical sections of six of the dialogues: the Euthyphro, Phaedo, Republic, Parmenides, Timaeus, and Sophist.

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ISBN-13:
9780415627733
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Series:
Routledge Library Editions: Plato Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
216

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