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

1st Edition

William Prior

Routledge
Published March 10, 2014
Reference - 202 Pages
ISBN 9780415751568 - CAT# Y162362
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Plato

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Summary

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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