n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The Principle of Non-Contradiction in Plato’s Republic: An Argument for Form, L. Bloom - review

Volume 61 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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A book that focuses on the principle of non-contradiction (PNC) in Plato is an event in itself. Although many scholars have recognised that the first formulation of this important principle can be found in Plato (Republic 4.436b8-9 and 436e8-437a2; Sophist 230b4-d4; Euthydemus 293c8-9), few of them have ever studied the evidence with the attentive care required for the task. Indeed, the studies devoted to the PNC have concentrated mainly on Aristotle and only rarely have articles (or short sections of books on the history of philosophy) actually addressed the topic in Plato. The publication of a book that dedicates almost 300 pages to Plato’s formulation of the PNC is thus remarkable and will be warmly welcomed by ancient philosophy scholars who are particularly interested in metaphysics and epistemology.

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