The Concept of "Paradeigma" [Greek] in Plato's Theory of Forms

Apeiron 17 (1):33-42 (1983)

William Prior
Santa Clara University
Scholars often assume that when Plato said that Forms are paradeigmata he meant that they were exemplars of the property they represent. I argue that "paradeigma" is better read as "pattern" than "exemplar." This reading is compatible with Plato's use of the term in all passages except Parm. 132d, where Parmenides misinterprets the term to make the theory of Forms susceptible to the Third Man Argument.
Keywords Plato  Theory of Forms  paradigm  Third Man Argument
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