Forms, Matter and Mind

Three Strands in Plato’s Metaphysics

  • Erik Nis Ostenfeld

Part of the Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library book series (MNPL, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. General Introduction

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      Pages 1-6
  3. Forms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
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      Pages 9-10
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      Pages 11-21
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      Pages 37-77
  4. Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
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      Pages 81-82
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      Pages 83-86
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      Pages 87-104
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      Pages 105-150
  5. Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
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      Pages 153-155
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    6. Erik Nis Ostenfeld
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-347

About this book


The present work is an attempt to analyse critically Plato's views on mind and body and more particularly on the mind-body relationship within the wider setting of Plato's metaphysics. We seek to achieve this by a philosophical examination"-of the dialogues on the basis of a generally accepted order (some revision of this order is a by-product of our examination). Strictly speaking "soul" ought perhaps to be substituted for "mind" in the above. But it seems to be in terms of "mind" that modern philosophers deal with and refer to the problem that Plato tackled (mainly) in terms of psyche, and as it is part of the motivation for dealing with Plato's treatment that it is of importance for the modern debate, it has been felt necessary to stress the rough identity* of the problem in the title of the book (and in the Introduction, in the title of Part Three and a few other places). Below this superordinate level we try to keep "mind" as a translation typically of nous and "soul" as a translation of psyche.


Plato body chronology corpus dialogue identity metaphysics mind physics present psyche space structure translation

Authors and affiliations

  • Erik Nis Ostenfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AarhusDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7683-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7681-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-5090
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