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Forms, Matter and Mind : Three Strands in Plato's Metaphysics - E. Ostenfeld

Forms, Matter and Mind

Three Strands in Plato's Metaphysics


Published: 30th September 1982
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The present work is an attempt to analyse critically Plato's views on mind and body and more particularly on the mind-body relationship within the wider setting of Plato's metaphysics. We seek to achieve this by a philosophical examination"-of the dialogues on the basis of a generally accepted order (some revision of this order is a by-product of our examination). Strictly speaking "soul" ought perhaps to be substituted for "mind" in the above. But it seems to be in terms of "mind" that modern philosophers deal with and refer to the problem that Plato tackled (mainly) in terms of psyche, and as it is part of the motivation for dealing with Plato's treatment that it is of importance for the modern debate, it has been felt necessary to stress the rough identity* of the problem in the title of the book (and in the Introduction, in the title of Part Three and a few other places). Below this superordinate level we try to keep "mind" as a translation typically of nous and "soul" as a translation of psyche.

I General Introduction.- One: Forms.- II Concrete Common Qualities.- III Transcedent Simples.- IV Natural Kinds.- Two: Matter.- V Wholes of Concrete Common Qualities.- VI Wholes of Form-Copies.- VII Geometrical Solids in Space.- Three: Mind.- VIII Part of Concrete Whole.- IX Transcedent Simple Soul.- X Dynamic-telic Structure.- XI General Conclusion.- A Note on Chronology.- Abbreviations.- Notes.

ISBN: 9789024730513
ISBN-10: 9024730511
Series: Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 347
Published: 30th September 1982
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 1.52