Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Metaphysics

By Vasilis Politis | Go to book overview

9

THE CRITICISM OF PLATO'S THEORY OF FORMS

1

Plato's and Aristotle's shared project: the theory of essence

Aristotle knows Plato both from his work and from close personal acquaintance. At the same time, it is not always easy to recognize Plato, i.e. Plato as we know him from his dialogues, in the way in which Aristotle represents his views. It is also difficult to decide whether Aristotle represents Plato's views accurately; and whether, when it appears that he does not, this is due to misunderstanding or due to a representation and treatment that is deliberately free. Even if Aristotle accurately understands Plato's views, he may in general want to represent them rather freely. For this may better serve the particular philosophical searches in which he is engaged. We recall that in general Aristotle's aim in engaging with the views of his contemporaries and predecessors is not so much simply to understand these views accurately as it is to make them contribute to the particular searches in which he is engaged (see Chapter 2§4iii and Chapter 3§2). There is, however, also an appearance of deliberate distortion due to polemical purposes. For we sometimes get the impression that Aristotle wants to present a view of Plato's in a poor light for the purpose of disputing it-although perhaps also for the more constructive purpose of challenging Plato and the Platonists, whom he is directly and even personally addressing, to clarify

-295-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Metaphysics
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 345

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.