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Plato's Metaphysics of Structure

Verity Harte

in Plato on Parts and Wholes

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780198236757
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597640 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198236751.003.0006
Plato's Metaphysics of Structure

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The role of structure as the proper object of Platonic science is placed within the context of the exploration of holistic models of knowledge and understanding, which has often been identified as a central feature of Plato's later works. The normativity of structure may also be seen to have an ethical dimension. Finally, there are some thoughts on the areas in which one might need to develop Plato's model for the modern age, including the model's rejection of unrestricted composition and its view that the parts of a whole are structure‐laden.

Keywords: composition; holism; metaphysics; part; Plato; structure; whole

Chapter.  5711 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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