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Evidence, Provenance, and Chronology

Gail Fine

in On Ideas

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235491
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198235496.003.0003
Evidence, Provenance, and Chronology

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Fine considers the authenticity of the Peri Idēon, the accuracy of Alexander's record of the Peri Idēon, the target of the Peri Idēon, and finally the date of its composition, relative to Plato's and Aristotle's careers. Fine argues that Aristotle wrote an essay called Peri Idēon, and that Alexander reliably reports portions of this essay. The target of the Peri Idēon and what Fine will focus upon is Plato, and, in particular, the group of dialogues known as the middle dialogues, rather than other Platonists, or the unwritten doctrines. Fine suggests, tentatively, that the Peri Idēon was written while Aristotle was still a member of the Academy, and therefore written before some of Plato's late dialogues, such as Sophist, and Timaeus, but probably after the Parmenides and Theaetetus.

Keywords: Academy Theaetetus; Alexander; authenticity; the middle dialogues; Unwritten doctrines

Chapter.  6716 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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