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Porphyry's Aristotelian Semantic Theory And Proclus' Platonic Criticism Of It

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In this chapter the views on names and language of the various Neoplatonists, the way in which they read the Cratylus,and even whether they read it at all, depends on the more general question how they understand the relation between Plato and Aristotle will be discussed.Here in the author shall focus on an important passage from the Commentary on the Parmenides that seems especially designed to refute Porphyry as well as one from the Commentary on the Alcibiades that claims an even greater authority for the Platonic theory than Plato, no one less than the divine Pythagoras himself.In the previous chapter,it was noted ,that many Middle Platonists assumed either implicitly or explicitly that Plato,Aristotle and even the Stoics agreed on many issues.

Keywords: Aristotle; commentary; divine Phythagoras; language; Proclus's Platonic Criticsm; Theory



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