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Between Chora and the GoodMetaphor's Metaphysical Neighborhood$
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Charles P. Bigger

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823223503

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823223503.001.0001

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Plato's Idea Theory

Plato's Idea Theory

(p.83) 3 Plato's Idea Theory
Between Chora and the Good

Charles P. Bigger

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the concept of Plato's theory of ideas. It states that this, even among Platonists, is often suspect and others find it bizarre. Despite this Platonic realism continues to be appreciated among logicians, mathematicians, and even many analytic philosophers. This chapter suggests that Plato's ideas are formed in his geometrical intuitions and are divorced from process, and are usually interpreted as a development from Socrates' questioning. Thus, the presentationally immediate world of the empirical tradition, with its emphasis of vision, is unable to appreciate dynamism and the role that ideas play in its articulation.

Keywords:   Plato, theory of ideas, Platonic realism, geometric intuitions

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