22 - The premises of the TMA A Plato is not explicit about...

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The premises of the TMA A. Plato is not explicit about the premises of the TMA. We will have to reconstruct the argument and tease out the implicit premises. B. To start, let’s try to see how the argument goes, and what features (or alleged features) of the Theory of Forms are being brought into play. In the table below, the steps of the “largeness” argument appear on the left; a schematized version showing how the argument can be generalized appears on the right. The horizontal line separates the Form (above the line, the “one over many”) from the things (below the line) that participate in that Form. The Steps of the TMA Step One: We assume a number of things are (or “appear to us to be”) large. a, b, c Step Two: From this we infer that there is a Form (Largeness) by virtue of which they all appear large. F-ness 1 __________ a, b, c Step Three: We now consider all of the items discussed in Step One (viz., all of the large things we were considering) and Largeness, the Form by virtue of which they all are (and appear to us to be) large. __________
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