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MaieusisEssays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat$
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Dominic Scott

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289974.001.0001

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Why no Platonistic Ideas of Artefacts? *

Why no Platonistic Ideas of Artefacts? *

(p.232) 12 Why no Platonistic Ideas of Artefacts?*

Sarah Broadie (Contributor Webpage)

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The discrepancy between evidence in the dialogues that Plato endorsed artefactual Ideas and evidence in Aristotle's Metaphysics that he excluded them has been the focus of intense interest. Much of the discussion centres on Plato: what did he hold when, concerning artefact-Ideas? This chapter focuses on the question: why were any early Platonists against artefact-Ideas? This question arises not simply because of examples in Plato's dialogues, but because the Platonists who rejected artefact-Ideas did so in the teeth of the fact that some of their own arguments, if sound, opened the door to such entities. Their rejection of artefact-Ideas was neither casual nor easily renounced. Speculation about the reasons behind it might help piece together what was going on in the early Academy.

Keywords:   Plato, Aristotle, artefactual Ideas, Metaphysics, Timaeus

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