Chapter

The Failure to Distinguish the Universal from 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239062.003.0011
The Failure to Distinguish the Universal from the Paradigm Case

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This chapter argues that confusion between naming, denoting, or identifying on the one hand and describing, classifying, or predicating on the other is not to be proposed as a basis for Plato's acceptance of the Forms as general natures, nor is it to be seen as the source for the postulation of Ideal Particulars or paradigm cases. It will, however, be central to the diagnosis of the failure to distinguish the Form as paradigm case from the Form as universal. To see the special factors which influence this conflation, the Form is treated as a paradigm or standard on the model of the standard yard.

Keywords: Ideal Particulars; general natures; standard yard

Chapter.  3160 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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