'A Somewhat Lengthy and Difficult Argument'' The Metaphysics by Gary Jason Hartenburg

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Implicit] Belief is that by which we are able to believe. Belief is a faculty. [12, 16] Knowledge is a faculty. Knowledge does not make mistakes. Belief makes mistakes. Belief and knowledge accomplish different things. [19, 20] Belief and knowledge are over different things. [15, 17, 18, 21] Knowledge and belief are different faculties. [13, 21, 22] Belief is not over the forms. [7, 22] Belief is over something. If belief is over something, then belief is not over nothing. Belief is not over nothing.

Epistêmên 72. epistêmês 73. ” “So with these things laid down, let him tell me, I shall say, and let him answer, 479A (a) the good man who doesn’t at all regard74 what’s beautiful itself and some form of beauty itself always75 staying the same with respect to the same things, but is accustomed to76 the many beautiful things, this lover of sights who in no way endures whenever someone says that the beautiful is one, the just is one, and so on for the others: ‘Of these many beautiful things, best of men, are there any that will not appear ugly?

Being in the Sophist,” 63). Thus in the present case we could understand “nothing” as meaning nothing with the property F. This does not mean that the predicative use is present in Part One. It just means that this criticism often leveled against the predicative use is mistaken. 101. Kahn, The Verb ‘Be’ in Ancient Greek, 455, 457. 102. , 457). Plato does use this more explicit term in the Argument, but only near the very end and only after he has shown that sense-perceptible objects do not merit the name ‘ousia’: “there is [no] place more beautiful to place them [the “many things”] than between ousias and ‘that which is not to be’” (479c).

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