Forms and Concepts: Concept Formation in the Platonic Tradition (Google eBook)

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Walter de Gruyter, Dec 19, 2012 - Philosophy - 395 pages
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Forms and Concepts is the first comprehensive study of the central role of concepts and concept acquisition in the Platonic tradition. It sets up a stimulating dialogue between Plato’s innatist approach and Aristotle’s much more empirical response. The primary aim is to analyze and assess the strategies with which Platonists responded to Aristotle’s (and Alexander of Aphrodisias’) rival theory. The monograph culminates in a careful reconstruction of the elaborate attempt undertaken by the Neoplatonist Proclus (6th century AD) to devise a systematic Platonic theory of concept acquisition.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
I Concepts ancient problems and solutions
13
II Plato on learning as recollection
39
III Aristotles reaction to Plato
87
Alcinous Alexander Porphyry and Plotinus
141
V Syrianus and Proclus attitude towards Aristotle
205
VI The crucial role of doxastic concepts in Proclus epistemology
223
VII Proclus Platonic theory of concept attainment
263
VIII Plato and Aristotle in harmony? Some conclusions
335
Bibliography
343
Indices
381
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Christoph Helmig, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

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