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Title: Triangles, tropes, and τὰ τοιαʋτ̃ α: a Platonic trope theory
Authors: Buckels, Christopher
Keywords: Particulars;Tropes;Plato;Timaeus;Substance;Metaphysics;Greek Philosophy
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
Abstract: A standard interpretation of Plato’s metaphysics holds that sensible particulars are images of Forms. Such particulars are fairly independent, like Aristotelian substances. I argue that this is incorrect: Platonic particulars are not Form images but aggregates of Form images, which are property-instances (tropes). Timaeus 49e-50a focuses on “this-suches” (toiauta) and even goes so far as to claim that they compose other things. I argue that Form images are thissuches, which are tropes. I also examine the geometrical account, showing that the geometrical constituents of the elements are also Form images. Thus everything in the sensible world is composed of tropes.
ISSN: 2079-7567
2183-4105 (PDF)
DOI: 10.14195/2183-4105_18_1
Rights: open access
Appears in Collections:Plato Journal

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