11. Plato's Metaphysics and Dialectic

  1. Mary Louise Gill2 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin3
  1. Noburu Notomi

Published Online: 8 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch11

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

How to Cite

Notomi, N. (2012) Plato's Metaphysics and Dialectic, in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (eds M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Author Information

  1. Keio University, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631210610

Online ISBN: 9781444305845



  • Plato's metaphysics and dialectic, the question of what philosophy is;
  • Plato, often admired or attacked as a champion of metaphysics;
  • metaphysics, being central to Platonic studies;
  • Aristotle's account of Plato's Theory of Forms;
  • Plato's theory and origins, transcendent forms as being that of Parmenides;
  • Aristotle's formulation of Plato's metaphysics, as scheme of “form and matter”;
  • the dialogues, the main source for an understanding of Plato's metaphysics;
  • analytic philosophers, arguments from dialogue in reconstructing Plato's theory;
  • metaphysical impact as a awakening of the soul;
  • a reality viewpoint, living discourse of modes and pure universal reasoning


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Did Plato do Metaphysics?

  • Aristotle's Account of Plato's Theory of Forms

  • The Unwritten Doctrines

  • Analytical and Dialogical Readings

  • Modes and Contexts for Presenting the Forms

  • Metaphysical Impact as Awakening Our Soul

  • Criticisms of the Theory of Forms in the Parmenides

  • The Academy and the Later Development of Dialectic

  • Bibliography