Conference: Τὰ μεταξύ

Τὰ μεταξύ - Knowing where to draw the line: Intermediates and Dianoia in Plato

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
5353 Parkside Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458

We read in Aristotle’s Metaphysics that Plato regarded mathematical objects as intermediate between forms and particulars (987b14-18). Nowhere in the dialogues does Socrates talk explicitly about these “intermediates,” although it could be argued that there are several texts in which the intermediates are implied. Even if the intermediates were implied, however, it is not at all clear that they match up with the account that Aristotle gives us. The purpose of this event is to reconsider the evidence for and against the intermediates in the Platonic dialogues. Presentations on the ontological status of the objects of dianoia in Plato will be included.

Friday morning until early evening, we will discuss what Aristotle says in his Metaphysics, hear arguments about the implications of his claims and discuss the possibility of intermediates in the Phaedo. Saturday morning until early afternoon there will be presentations of papers and outlines of ideas regarding the possible intermediates in Plato’s Republic and the later dialogues as well as the ontological status of the objects of dianoia.

Scholars from Toronto, São Paulo, Paris and Jerusalem will join American scholars here in South Florida to discuss the possibility of intermediates in Plato. You are invited to join us in dialogue.

Light refreshments will be served to all attendees throughout both days of the conference.

All are welcome to attend. Conference pre-registration by February 23rd is requested:

Florida Atlantic University, Honors College

Hosted by:
Nicholas Baima, PhD
Assistant Professor, Philosophy,
Honors College of F.A.U.
Jupiter, Florida

Organized by:
Sophia Stone, PhD
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Lynn University
Boca Raton, Florida


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