Three More Likely Sources for the Paradigm Case

John Malcolm

in Plato on the Self-Predication of Forms

Published in print June 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239062
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679827 | DOI:
Three More Likely Sources for the Paradigm Case

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This chapter examines three leading explanations for Plato's positing the Form as paradigm case. These are (1) such entities were introduced to enable one to understand what it is to be something for which there are no unambiguous empirical instances; (2) Plato is influenced by the ideal individuals of mathematics; (3) since the Forms are causes, the Causal Principle will make the F itself an F thing. It concludes that Plato's position had to result from more than one of these alternatives and, in fact, all three may remain as contributing factors.

Keywords: Plato; Forms; F thing; empirical instances; paradigm case; Causal Principle; mathematics; ideal individuals

Chapter.  6450 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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