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Knowing PersonsA Study in Plato$
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Lloyd P. Gerson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288670.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Knowing Persons
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288670.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the main argument of the book, namely that Plato does indeed wish to distinguish between human beings and persons. However, Plato's account of persons is not usefully detachable from his metaphysics and from his epistemology. Human beings or embodied persons are situated within a hierarchical metaphysics by Plato. For Plato, embodied persons are the only sorts of images that can reflexively recognize their own relatively inferior states as images and strive to transform themselves into their own ideal. An overview of the chapters included in this volume is presented.

Keywords:   Plato, human beings, embodied persons, metaphysics

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