Saturday, September 26, 2015

3a Arguments against the Forms in Plato’s Parmenides – Forms as thoughts

As I was lying in bed after my supper – which I always do, if I can – it occurred to me to look at Jowett’s translation of Parmenides 132c9-11; and so I did, when I got up:

‘Then, said Parmenides, if you say that everything else participates in the ideas, must you not say either that everything is made up of thoughts, and that all things think; or that they are thoughts but have no thought?’

As it appears, Cornford’s and Allen’s ‘two possibilities’ interpretation goes back to Jowett.

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