The Ambiguity of the ‘One’ in Plato’s Parmenides

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This paper examines how the exercises offered to the young Socrates in the Parmenides can be understood as an educational practice, or a gymnastic that is prior to and instrumental for defining forms. To this end, I argue that the subject of the exercises given to Socrates can be understood as an open and indeterminate ‘one’, rather than a form per se. I show that the description of the gymnastic exercises, the demonstration of the hypotheses themselves, and the language concerning the ‘one’, are consistent with an indeterminate subject ‘one’.

The Ambiguity of the ‘One’ in Plato’s Parmenides

in Méthexis



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