On Ideas: Aristotle's Criticism of Plato's Theory of Forms (Paperback)
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Short Description for On Ideas Containing Aristotle's essay "Peri Ideon", this book explores the philosophical merits of his criticisms of Plato, and relates their views to debates about universals, properties, meaning, and knowledge.
- Published: 28 September 1995
- Format: Paperback 416 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780198235491 ISBN 10: 0198235496
- Sales rank: 920,175
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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 and with 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; whether forms 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 relates the issues to current philosophical concerns. The book will be valuable for anyone interested in metaphysics ancient or modern.