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This and Aristotle's wording here (d TO* iSeas b> ijfuv tipiyocv dvaf . , . avfi^^atrai) might indicate that the example is drawn from the suggestion in the Parmemdes and was not meant as a reference to any real variation of the theory of ideas. , p. 98, 21-22); but the identification of the example here given with that form of the Platonic theory must be postponed until Aristotle's explicit references to Eudoxus have been examined (Appendix VII infra). Nevertheless, whether we have here a reference to a theory really advocated or a merely artificial example, the topic ixivrif POU\IIT6V, IS a n ethical problem that is not considered here, much less solved " noch mit Jlilfe der *&rti pt>6\q ()oA\ii

It will be noticed, however, that these three topics taken together afford a method whereby almost any proposition of a Platonist could be refuted, for they all endeavor to force the respondent to detach his definitions from the ideas The distinction between the transcendental existence and immanent essence of the idea is used to make the Platonist admit the attachment of properties which comport with the latter and to deny the predication of those which are in accord with the former. The subjects of the resulting propositions could not possibly be ideas.

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