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Plato on the Self-Predication of Forms: Early and Middle Dialogues

John Malcolm


Much of the recent literature published on Plato's metaphysics has involved the Third Man Argument found in his dialogue Parmenides. This argument depends upon construing Forms both as universals and as paradigm examples, and thus as being subject to self-predication. This book first presents a new and radical interpretation of Plato's earlier dialogues. It argues that the few cases of self-predication contained therein are acceptable simply as statements concerning universals (for example, ‘beauty is beautiful’), and that therefore Plato is not vulnerable in these cases to the Third Man Argum ... More

Keywords: Plato, metaphysics, Third Man Argument, Parmenides, Forms, self-predication, middle dialogues, Standard Yard

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239062
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Malcolm, author
University of California, Davis