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The Riddle of the Early Academy

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Harold Fredrik Cherniss (1904–6/18/87), ancient Greek philosophy professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, wrote many books & articles in his field & was an editor & translator of Plutarch's Moralia for the Loeb Classical Library. His books included works on Aristotle's criticism of Plato & pre-Platonic philosophy.
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Hardcover, 121 pages
Published 1945 by University of California Press (Berkeley)
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Cherniss’ book is a compilation of lectures focused on the conflict arising from the existence of a clear and fundamental discrepancy, between the theory of ideas as it appears in Plato's Dialogues and what Aristotle represents as being Plato's theory of ideas. Cherniss uses his investigation into this discrepancy to shed new light on the nature and working of the early Academy.

He says that Aristotle’s representations, such as the identification of the ideas with ‘nonmathemati
Feb 25, 2014 Erik rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Erik by: AC
This is a magnificent set of lectures, like the peak of a mountain, about the central problem in Plato's philosophy: how the abstract forms of things like the One and the Good connect to the concrete things of experience in the world, the many, the imperfect etc. This "transition problem" appeared to occupy Plato obsessively in his later dialogues like the Sophist and the Parmenides. Here Cherniss examines Aristotle's contention that the forms were numbers or that ideas of number constituted som ...more
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Apr 12, 2009 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of the early academy
Recommended to Erik by: Reginald Allen
Shelves: philosophy
I read this as a supplement to Reginald Allen's course on Plato's Parmenides at Loyola University Chicago during the first semester of 1981/82.
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Harold Fredrik Cherniss (March 11, 1904 – June 18, 1987) was an American classical scholar. He was an expert on the philosophy of Ancient Greece. He wrote several books in the field, and edited and translated works by Plutarch.
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Aristotle's Criticism of Presocratic Philosophy Aristotle's Criticism of Plato and the Academy, vol. I Selected Papers The Platonism of Gregory of Nyssa (Philosophy monograph series) L'Enigme de L'Ancienne Academie: Suivi de Le Systeme Cache D'E.N. Tigerstedt

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