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    Ascent and descent: The philosopher's regret
    Social Philosophy and Policy 24 (2): 40-69. 2007.
    The aim of this long essay is to explain why the philosopher-ruler of Plato's Republic descends “with regret” or having been “compelled” from his contemplation of the Forms to rule the state. It offers a new, optimistic interpretation of his goal in so descending, namely to try to make everyone into a philosopher. After a brief introductory section, I turn to the argument of the Republic to show both that the philosopher's understanding of the Good causes him to try to maximize the amount of goo…Read more
  •  54
    Self-predication and synonymy
    Ancient Philosophy 10 (2): 193-202. 1990.
  •  51
    Plato: Psychology
    Ancient Philosophy. forthcoming.
  •  48
    Aristotle On Perception
    Ancient Philosophy 19 (1): 172-177. 1999.
  •  48
    Plato’s Rational Eudaimonism
    Philosophical Inquiry 39 (3-4): 26-39. 2015.
  •  44
    Timaean Particulars
    Classical Quarterly 42 (01): 87-. 1992.
    At 47e–53c of the Timaeus Plato presents his most detailed metaphysical analysis of particulars. We are told about the construction of the physical universe, the ways we can and cannot talk about the phenomena produced, and about the two causes – Necessity and Intelligence – which govern the processes and results of production. It seems to me that we are told too much and too little: too much, because we have two accounts of the generation of phenomenal particulars – one, the ‘formal account’, w…Read more
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    Plato on Perception and 'Commons'
    Classical Quarterly 40 (01): 148-. 1990.
    On the face of it, Plato's treatment of aisthesis is decidedly ambiguous. Sometimes he treats aisthesis as a faculty which, though distinct from all rational capacities, is nonetheless capable of forming judgments such as ‘This stick is bent’ or ‘The same thing is hard and soft’. In the Theaetetus, however, he appears to separate aisthesis from judgment, isolating the former from all prepositional, identificatory and recognitional capacities. The dilemma is easily expressed: Is perception a judg…Read more
  •  30
    Plato’s Individuals
    with Mary Margaret McCabe
    Philosophical Review 106 (3): 470. 1997.
    Plato's Individuals is rich and rewarding. McCabe's reading will compel us to examine anew the presuppositions we bring to the enterprise of understanding Plato. Her devotion to showing that her thesis is found almost everywhere in the corpus is noteworthy. At times she also seems to strain to assimilate modern and Platonic concerns. If one can accept that Plato's tripartite soul goes over into something we might recognize as the problem of personal identity, it can only be because we are writin…Read more
  •  24
    Review: Plato's Natural Philosophy (review)
    Mind 115 (459): 765-769. 2006.
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    Language. Vol. 3 of Companions to Ancient Thought
    Philosophical Review 105 (2): 241. 1996.
    Language is the third in a series of volumes edited by Stephen Everson devoted to the examination of a special topic in philosophy from its origins in the pre-Socratic thinkers through to Late Antiquity. In keeping with its predecessors, Epistemology and Psychology, this is a collection of essays whose audience is primarily Anglo-American philosophers of an analytic bent. “This new series of Companions is intended particularly for students of ancient thought who will be reading the texts in tran…Read more
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    Language
    Philosophical Review 105 (2): 241-243. 1996.
    Language is the third in a series of volumes edited by Stephen Everson devoted to the examination of a special topic in philosophy from its origins in the pre-Socratic thinkers through to Late Antiquity. In keeping with its predecessors, Epistemology and Psychology, this is a collection of essays whose audience is primarily Anglo-American philosophers of an analytic bent. “This new series of Companions is intended particularly for students of ancient thought who will be reading the texts in tran…Read more
  •  17
    Timaean Particulars
    Classical Quarterly 42 (1): 87-113. 1992.
    At 47e–53c of the Timaeus Plato presents his most detailed metaphysical analysis of particulars. We are told about the construction of the physical universe, the ways we can and cannot talk about the phenomena produced, and about the two causes – Necessity and Intelligence – which govern the processes and results of production. It seems to me that we are told too much and too little: too much, because we have two accounts of the generation of phenomenal particulars – one, the ‘formal account’, w…Read more
  •  16
    Plato, Platonists, Platonism
    Plato Journal 16 21-30. 2016.
    The paper examines different approaches to key metaphysical and conceptual claims in Plato’s dialogues. It explores how different readers of Plato, beginning with Aristotle, make sense of the status of and the relations between some of the key Forms developed in different dialogues, to include the Form of the Good.
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    Platonism and Naturalism: The Possibility of Philosophy by Lloyd P. Gerson
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 59 (2): 328-329. 2021.
    Lloyd Gerson has a vision of what Platonism is. Those who see things differently may find his vision bewildering. In Platonism and Naturalism, to his credit, his vision is synoptic and impressively focused on critical passages and issues, especially in Plato's metaphysics and epistemology, though ethics also receives much attention. Leaving aside the introduction and chapter 1, chapters 2–6 are devoted to Plato and comprise two-thirds of the work. Chapters 7, "Aristotle the Platonist," 8, "Ploti…Read more
  •  13
    Review of Gretchen J. reydams-schils (ed.), Plato's Timaeus As Cultural Icon (review)
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003 (7). 2003.
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    Plato on Perception and ‘Commons’
    Classical Quarterly 40 (1): 148-175. 1990.
    On the face of it, Plato's treatment of aisthesis is decidedly ambiguous. Sometimes he treats aisthesis as a faculty which, though distinct from all rational capacities, is nonetheless capable of forming judgments such as ‘This stick is bent’ or ‘The same thing is hard and soft’. In the Theaetetus, however, he appears to separate aisthesis from judgment, isolating the former from all prepositional, identificatory and recognitional capacities. The dilemma is easily expressed: Is perception a judg…Read more
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    The Dialectic of Essence offers a systematic new account of Plato's metaphysics. Allan Silverman argues that the best way to make sense of the metaphysics as a whole is to examine carefully what Plato says about ousia (essence) from the Meno through the middle period dialogues, the Phaedo and the Republic, and into several late dialogues including the Parmenides, the Sophist, the Philebus, and the Timaeus. This book focuses on three fundamental facets of the metaphysics: the theory of Forms; the…Read more
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    Commentary on Sauvé Meyer
    Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 29 (1): 70-74. 2014.
    This short comment on Professor Sauvé Meyer’s paper attempts to draw attention to two issues that influence our understanding of Divine responsibility in the Timaeus. The first concerns the question of the literalness of the argument. If there is no creation, per much of the ancient tradition of commentators on the Timaeus, then there can be no divine responsibility. The second is the Timaeus’ account of the origin of non-human animals. Since they come from ‘fallen humans,’ and since they are ne…Read more