Plato on Parts and Wholes: The Metaphysics of Structure
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Plato on Parts and Wholes: The Metaphysics of Structure

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ISBN-13:
9780199278442
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.02.2005
Seiten:
322
Autor:
Verity Harte
Gewicht:
413 g
Format:
216x140x19 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Providing an examination of Platonic discussion of composition, this book explains its relations to modern debates. It shows how, in several late works, Plato criticizes the view that a whole is identical to its parts. It then goes on to discuss the intriguing alternative conception of wholes he offers in its place.
Preface; Introduction; 1. THE PROBLEM OF COMPOSITION; 1.1 Is a Whole (just) the Sum of its Parts?; 1.2 Mereology or Magic?; 1.3 Restrictions upon Composition?; 1.4 Ontological Innocence; 1.5 Composition and the Problem of the One and the Many; 1.6 Theaetetus 203-206; 2. COMPOSITION AS IDENTITY IN THE PARMENIDES AND SOPHIST; 2.1 Socrates' Puzzle: The Conversation with Zeno; 2.2 Two Kinds of 'Part' in the Dilemma of Participation (131a-c); 2.3 Atomic Ones and Infinite Collections: The First and Second Deductions; 2.4 Composition: Identity or Distinctness?; 2.5 Eleaticism and Ontological Innocence; 3. A NEW MODEL OF COMPOSITION; 3.1 Composition: A Sui Generis; 3.2 Unity and Structure; 3.3 Bare Pluralities; 3.4 Restrictions on Composition; 4. COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE; 4.1 Two Ways of Thinking about Structure; 4.2 The Sophist: A First Platonic Example of Structure; 4.3 The Philebus: Structure and Content; 4.4 The Timaeus: Structures within Structures; 5. PLATO'S METAPHYSICS OF STRUCTURE; 5.1 The Platonic Context; 5.2 Plato's Model of Composition; General Index; Index of Names; Index Locorum
What is the relation between a whole and its parts? The metaphysics of structure and composition is much discussed in modern philosophy; now Verity Harte provides the first sustained examination of Plato's rich but neglected discussion of the topic, and shows how it can illuminate current debates. This book is an invaluable resource both for scholars of Plato and for modern metaphysicians.