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One of this century's most vital philosophers right here specializes in Plato's PROTAGORAS, PHAEDO, REPUBLIC, and PHILEBUS and on Aristotle's 3 ethical treatises to teach the basic continuity of Platonic and Aristotelian mirrored image at the nature of the great. In so doing Gadamer not just succeeds in giving us an incisive instance of his interpretive artwork but additionally offers us a clearer photograph of the moral measurement of his personal philosophy and the sensible implications of hermeneutical thought.

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The Idea of the Good in Platonic-Aristotelian Philosophy

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One of this century's most crucial philosophers right here specializes in Plato's PROTAGORAS, PHAEDO, REPUBLIC, and PHILEBUS and on Aristotle's 3 ethical treatises to teach the fundamental continuity of Platonic and Aristotelian mirrored image at the nature of the nice. In so doing Gadamer not just succeeds in giving us an incisive instance of his interpretive paintings but additionally supplies us a clearer photograph of the moral measurement of his personal philosophy and the sensible implications of hermeneutical thought.

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And in any case, his attack on the chörismos cannot represent a total break with the fundamental orientation of Plato's thought toward the logoi. The question of just what Aristotle's critique meant within Plato's school and among Platonists will always have to be raised anew, it seems, and in order to raise it a comprehensive yaboration of the underlying accord between Aristotle's and Plato's doctrines of the logos tou eidous (statement of the form) and of what these doctrines have in common, would be required here.

Thus we approach it first with one line of inquiry, then another, all the while aiming to shed light on it from a variety of perspectives, but fully acknowledging that the insights gained in this way will of necessity be inconclusive and unsystematic. Gadamer is serious when he distinguishes the human enterprise of philosophia from divine sophia, and this book is representative of the sensitivity to human finitude and the inevitable discursivity of human thought that leads him, just as it did Plato and Aristotle, to insist on this distinction.

As long as such a self-understanding had not been achieved—and the Pythagoreans had evidently not achieved it—the numbers could actually appear to be the existing paradigms that the appearances strove to approximate. The "torturing" of strings (Republic 531b) expresses this striving quite aptly, but the idea of approximation has something ridiculous about it if one thinks of the 'pure' relationships as such. To say that these are chöriston (separate) is to say nothing else than that pure relationships do exist; there is precisely no such thing as a ratio of more or less 1:2.

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