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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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Equal Sticks and Stones *

Equal Sticks and Stones *

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(p.68) 4 Equal Sticks and Stones*
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Maieusis
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David Sedley (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289974.003.0004

The chapter takes the form of a commentary on Plato, Phaedo 74a9-c6. This passage is the centrepiece of Socrates' main argument for Recollection, based on the example of seeing equal sticks or stones and being led by these to think of something distinct from them — the Equal itself. This passage has long been recognized as containing a pivotal argument for the separation of forms from their sensible instances. But virtually every sentence of it has generated at least one interpretative crux.

Keywords:   Plato, Phaedo, Socrates, Recollection, equality

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