24 - Forms and Standards A. Platos Forms as Paradigms SP...

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Forms and Standards A. Plato’s Forms as Paradigms SP (and along with it Plato’s paradigmatism) have proved to be the hardest of the aspects of TF to make sense of. It helps if we compare paradigmatic Forms to standards of weight and measure. Forms are less like properties or universals than they are like standards of measure. That's because a Form's participants are supposed to be compared to , or measured against the Form in the process of judging whether they are entitled to have the Form's name applied (as a predicate) to them. In much the same way, a stick is a meter long because it has the same length as the Standard Meter, or to weigh a kilogram because it weighs the same as the Standard Kilogram. B. Paradigmatism entails Self-Predication In a theory of Standards, self-predication makes sense: o The Standard Meter is one meter long. o The Standard Kilogram weighs one kilogram. That’s because standards of weight and measure are physical objects that play a certain role in a system of weights and measures. They are
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