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From, A History of Greek Philosophy, vol. IV, Plato: the man and his dialogues, earlier period,
Cambridge University Press, 19896, pp. 8-38. 

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[55] Ross on 987b8 (p. 161) says that it is difficult to supply εναι after παρὰ ταῦτα and it should be taken with λέγεσθαι. So he gives the rather odd translation: ‘and he said the sensibles were called after these and were called what they were called by virtue οf their relation to these’. In that case when we have παρὰ τὰ αἰσθητὰ ... εἶναι six lines further on (and repeated later), we must take παρὰ in a different sense. Ι find this more difficυlt. At Μ 1078b30 and 31 he uses the words χωριστὰ and ἐχώρισαν.

[56] Cherniss has questioned the historical accuracy of the whole passage. See his ACPA 109 n. 65, 180 n. 103, and 193.

[57] See νοl. I, 467f.

[58] Cf. vol. II, 462, and for the dangers of supposing too close a connexion between Democritean and Platonic atomism see ib. 406 n. 2.

[59] Laws 889 a ff. See also vol. I, 144 and vol. III, 115 f.

[60] The possibility of references in Plato to the views οf these three has been touched on in vol. III, 208-II and 214f. (Antisthenes), 498f. (Aristippus), 506f. (Euclides). See also the preface, p. xiv.

 

   Related:  Knowing Plato (including excerpts from Albinus' Introduction to Plato's dialogues & Anonymous' Prolegomena to Plato's philosophy),  Emerson, Disclosing in every fact a germ of expansion Augustine, Socrates fought foolishness, Plato perfected philosophy Whitehead, Wide opportunities for experience Plato: Books can be your worst enemies Guthrie, "The Reaction Towards Humanism (The Sophists and Socrates)", A History Of Greek Philosophy v. I, The Early Presocratics and the Pythagoreans - A Synopsis of Greek Philosophy Plato's thinking, by J. Marshall

Cf. Elpenor's extensive anthology of Plato's works

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