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The One over Many Principle of Republic 596a

José Edgar González-VarelaORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1491-1844
Published Online: 2019-06-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2018-0086


Republic 596a introduces a One over Many principle that has traditionally been considered as an argument for the existence of Forms, according to which, one Form should be posited for each like-named plurality. This interpretation was challenged by (Smith, J. A. 1917. “General Relative Clauses in Greek.” Classical Review 31: 69–71.), who interpreted it rather as a statement that each Form is unique and correlated to a plurality of things that have the same name as it. (Sedley, D. 2013. “Plato and the One-over-Many Principle”, in Chiaradonna & Galluzzo 2013, 113–37.) has offered a forceful defence of Smith’s interpretation. I argue that Sedley’s defence fails and that the traditional interpretation should be preferred.

Keywords: eponymy; forms; plurality; uniqueness; universals


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Published Online: 2019-06-08

Funder Name: This work was supported by the PAPIIT DGAPA-UNAM, (Grant Number: IN403819)

Citation Information: Apeiron, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2018-0086.

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