By (author) Mary Margaret McCabe
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Plato's Individuals by Mary Margaret McCabe
Book DescriptionContradicting the long-held belief that Aristotle was the first to discuss individuation systematically, Mary Margaret McCabe argues that Plato was concerned with what makes something a something and that he solved the problem in a radically different way than did Aristotle. McCabe explores the centrality of individuation to Plato's thinking, from the Parmenides to the Politicus, illuminating Plato's later metaphysics in an exciting new way. Tradition associates Plato with the contrast between the particulars of the sensible world and transcendent forms, and supposes that therein lies the center of Plato's metaphysical universe. McCabe rebuts this view, arguing that Plato's thinking about individuals--which informs all his thought--comes to focus on the tension between "generous" or complex individuals and "austere" or simple individuals. In dialogues such as the Theaetetus and the Timaeus Plato repeatedly poses the question of individuation but cannot provide an answer. Later, in the Sophist, the Philebus, and the Politicus, Plato devises what McCabe calls the "mesh of identity," an account of how individuals may be identified relative to each other. The mesh of identity, however, fails to explain satisfactorily how individuals are unified or made coherent. McCabe asserts that individuation may be absolute--and she questions philosophy's longtime reliance on Aristotle's solution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691029399
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 11-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mary Margaret McCabe
Platonic Conversations, Hardback (May 2015)
M. M. McCabe presents a selection of her essays which explore the Platonic method of conversation: how it may inform our understanding both of Plato and of his predecessors and successors, and how its centrality accounts for the connections between argument, knowledge, and virtue in the texts McCabe examines.
Plato's 'Cratylus', Paperback (September 2007)
Presents a global reinterpretation of Cratylus, Plato's only dialogue devoted to the subject of language.
Plato and His Predecessors, Paperback (March 2007)
A consideration of how Plato represents his philosophical predecessors in a late quartet of dialogues.
Form and Argument in Late Plato, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Mary Margaret McCabe
Is there a philosophical reason why Plato's late works are in the form of dialogues? In this volume, a group of international scholars addresses that question, offering a series of essays on major late Platonic dialogues and a discussion which has implications for the study of philosophical method.
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