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Single Idea 17945

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 6. Platonic Forms / a. Platonic Forms]

Full Idea

The theory of Forms is not a theory of universals but a first attempt to explain how predication, the application of a single term to many objects - now considered one of the most elementary operations of language - is possible.

Gist of Idea

Forms are not a theory of universals, but an attempt to explain how predication is possible


Alexander Nehamas (Introduction to 'Virtues of Authenticity' [1999], p.xxvii)

Book Reference

Nehamas,Alexander: 'Virtues of Authenticity' [Princeton 1999], p.-10