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On Ideas: Aristotle's Criticism of Plato's Theory of Forms

Gail Fine


Gail Fine's On Ideas is a study of Book I of Aristotle's short essay Peri Idēon, in which Aristotle presents a systematic account of a series of five arguments for the existence of Platonic forms along with a series of objections to each of these arguments. Fine's aim in this book is to explore these arguments and the objections that Aristotle makes with a view to determining the extent to which (1) the arguments express premises to which Plato himself is committed and (2) the objections express criticisms to which Plato is vulnerable. The Peri Idēon provides a more precise characterization of ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, Aristotle's criticisms of the theory of forms, Aristotle's understanding of Plato, particulars, Peri Idēon, Plato, Plato's middle dialogues, the theory of forms, Third Man argument, universals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198235491
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198235496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gail Fine, author
Cornell University
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