Unformatted text preview: perform an infinite number of such consultations to make just one judgment. 3. Since the Theory of Forms tries to explain predication, the TMA is also a challenge to it as a theory of predication. (Recall our examination of the Phaedo : the Form, the F Itself, is the aitia , or explanation . of something’s being F . “Participating in a Form” is supposed to explain predication. And the upshot of the TMA is that there is something defective about this explanation: Trying to explain predication in terms of the notion of participating in a (paradigmatic) Form leads to an infinite regress, and hence is no explanation at all....
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- Fall '09
- Epistemology, Philosophical terminology, Infinite regress argument, Third man argument