The - The One Over Many Argument 1 According to Aristotle the Platonists had an argument for the existence of Forms that he called the One Over

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The “One Over Many” Argument 1. According to Aristotle, the Platonists had an argument for the existence of Forms that he called the “One Over Many.” Plato himself never used this title, although he sometimes described a Form as being a “one over many.” 2. The idea behind the One Over Many is probably best exemplified in Plato’s dialogues in the principle enunciated at Rep . 596a: We customarily hypothesize a single form in connection with each collection of many things to which we apply the same name. 3. The idea is this: If there is a set of things all of which have the same “name,” then there is a Form for that set. By “name” here we should probably understand “general term” or “predicate” (to use the word that Aristotle invented for this kind of “name”) - that is, a term that can be applied in the same way to many different things that all have something in common, a term like ‘bed’ or ‘table’. Cf. the next speech in Rep . 596a-b: Then let’s now take any of the manys you like. For example, there are many beds and tables . .. but there are only two forms of such furniture, one of the bed and one of the table. 4. What the principle tells us in this case is: For any set of things to which we apply the term ‘table’, there is a single Form. This is the Form of Table, or (perhaps) Tablehood, or (as Plato would say) The Table
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This note was uploaded on 11/26/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 101 taught by Professor Buechner during the Fall '06 term at Rutgers.

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The - The One Over Many Argument 1 According to Aristotle the Platonists had an argument for the existence of Forms that he called the One Over

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