Forms and Concepts by Christoph Helmig

By Christoph Helmig

Varieties and ideas is the 1st complete examine of the imperative position of strategies and notion acquisition within the Platonic culture. It units up a stimulating discussion among Plato s innatist strategy and Aristotle s even more empirical reaction. the first objective is to investigate and examine the innovations with which Platonists replied to Aristotle s (and Alexander of Aphrodisias ) rival conception. The monograph culminates in a cautious reconstruction of the flowery try out undertaken by means of the Neoplatonist Proclus (6th century advert) to plot a scientific Platonic thought of suggestion acquisition

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Before I summarize the different kinds / methods of concept attainment in Antiquity, I shall briefly mention another rather crucial aspect of ancient theories of concept acquisition, to wit the role of intellect. When compared to Plato’s theory of innate knowledge, Aristotle has often been called an empiricist. However, the latter says explicitly that ‘sense perception does not yield universal knowledge’ (An. Post. I 31). Moreover, in An. Post. II 19, where we find Aristotle’s most detailed description of concept attainment by induction (epag¯og¯e), intellect eventually grasps the concept ‘without mistake’ (An.

In the Platonic tradition, innate knowledge and recollection is fundamental for the process of knowledge acquisition. The innate knowledge of the soul is frequently referred to as logoi or eid¯e and the process of recollection is often connected to probol¯e (‘putting forth’ or ‘advancing’ [sc. 92 88 89 90 91 92 The use of the verb kephalaiousthai and cognates can be found in epistemological contexts as early as Alexander, In top. 18, cf. also In metaph. 2 (sunkephalai¯osis). Cf. 10 (sunkephalaiousthai).

228). 91 Plato was the first to argue that all knowledge is recollection (anamn¯esis). According to him, the process of recollection is instigated or aroused by sense perception. To refer to this arousal Plato uses verbs such as anakinein (Meno 85c). In the Platonic tradition, innate knowledge and recollection is fundamental for the process of knowledge acquisition. The innate knowledge of the soul is frequently referred to as logoi or eid¯e and the process of recollection is often connected to probol¯e (‘putting forth’ or ‘advancing’ [sc.

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