Mixture and Purity

Jeremy Barris

in The Crane's Walk

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229130
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235674 | DOI:
Mixture and Purity

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The eighth idea basic to Plato concerns the importance of the confused mixture of considerations, meanings, dimensions, characteristics, and viewpoints in which thinking (and acting) begins. This chapters emphasizes that the recognition and articulation of the context of thought as a confused mixture of aspects is itself a product of careful thinking; it is a decision about the truth of what is basically real. It is therefore itself artificial. Consequently, as with the “sometimes” logic, one needs to achieve the posture of not thinking in terms of either a simple contrast or a simple lack of contrast between mixture and purity. As a result, mixture itself involves, and is what allows, purity of thought and truth. This includes the purity of the artificiality of thought.

Keywords: Plato; thinking; recognition; articulation; decision; truth; purity; thought

Chapter.  9061 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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