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Plato's Individuals
Mary Margaret McCabe

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS xiii
ONE The Problem of Individuation 3
1. The Argument of This Book 3
2. Nothing from Nothing: Vehicles of Change 5
3. The Grammatical Prejudice 9
4. Counting the World, Sorting the World 11
5. Units and Unities 12
6. The Problems of Individuation 16
7. Reading Plato 18
PART ONE: PRELIMINARY: PLATO'S MIDDLE PERIOD METAPHYSICS
TWO Particulars 25
1. Socratic Definitions 26
2. Natural Inherence 29
3. The Compresence of Opposites 37
4. Complex Individuals 47
THREE Forms 53
1. Knowledge and the Separation of Forms 53
2. Simple Forms and Explanation 60
3. Understanding and Teleology 67
4. The Theory of Forms 75
5. Forms as Separate Substances 81
6. Counting Forms 83
7. Forms as the Objects of Knowledge 90
PART TWO: THE PROBLEM EMERGES
FOUR The One and the Others 97
1. Ones and Manies 97
2. Dialectic and Gymnastic 99
3. Ones and Parts 107
4. Sameness and Difference 114
5. The One in Time 121
6. The Unity of the First Stage 124
7. The Other Stages 127
8. The Verb "to Be" 130
FIVE Bundles and Lumps 133
1. Knowledge and Perception 133
2. Protagorean Things 137
3. Platonic Bundles 141
4. Flux Attacked 145
5. Perception Attacked 149
6. The Objects of Thought 152
7. Socrates' Dream 158
SIX Slices and Stuffs 162
1. Reading the Timaeus 162
2. The Universe Is One and Whole 163
3. Slices 167
4. The Work of Necessity 175
5. Something Basic 176
6. Rereading the Timaeus 184
SEVEN Being and Talking 192
1. Not-Being 193
2. Being 199
3. "To Be" or "Not"? 205
4. Identity and Unity 208
5. Talking about Something or Other 212
6. The Unanswered Questions 216
PART THREE: TWO ANSWERS
EIGHT Resolving Relations 221
1. Communing Kinds 221
2. The Mesh of Identity 224
3. Somethings Are Such 234
4. Opposites and Difference 238
5. What Kinds? 240
6. Limit and Unlimited 243
7. A Divine Cosmology 249
8. Numbers or What? 253
9. Collection and Division and the Mesh of Identity 257
NINE The Unity of Persons 263
1. Immortal Souls 264
2. Complex Souls 267
3. Sophistic Somebodies 270
4. Persistence: Memory and Continuity 274
5. Consistency and the Arguing Subject 276
6. Syllogizing Souls and the Unity of Consciousness 280
7. Common Properties 287
8. Active Minds 290
9. The Understanding Mind 297
TEN Conclusion 301
1. Plato's Changing Metaphysics 301
2. Plato's Account of Individuation 302
3. Plato and Aristotle 307
APPENDIX A On the Order of the Dialogues 309
APPENDIX B Arguments from First Principles 311
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 315
INDEX LOCORUM 325
INDEX OF PERSONS 334
GENERAL INDEX 336

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