Two Dogmas of Platonism

Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 28 (1):77-112 (2013)
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Contemporary platonism has been conditioned in large part by two dogmas. One is the belief in a fundamental cleavage between intelligible but invisible Platonic forms that are real and eternal, and perceptible objects whose confinement to spacetime constitutes an inferior existence and about which knowledge is impossible. The other dogma involves a kind of reductionism: the belief that Plato’s unhypothetical first principle of the all is identical to the form of the good. Both dogmas, I argue, are ill-founded.

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Debra Nails
Michigan State University


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