Plato on the Metaphysical Foundation of Meaning and Truth

2017.09.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Blake E. Hestir, Plato on the Metaphysical Foundation of Meaning and Truth, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 270 pp., ISBN
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2017.09.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Blake E. Hestir, Plato on the Metaphysical Foundation of Meaning and Truth, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 270 pp., ISBN 9781107132320.   Reviewed by Christine J. Thomas, Dartmouth College Some philosophers and philosophies are defined most of all by their methods. Some are defined by their results. Plato's philosophy is remarkable for both. Blake Hestir's book admirably attends to the interaction between one of Plato's most important argumentative strategies and the substantive results of deploying that strategy. Plato relies on what Hestir calls "grounding arguments" to defend the view that the possibilities of meaning, predication and truth require entities that are stable (i.e. one and the same in at least one respect) yet also complex and combined to yield a "dynamically structured", "eternally actualizing" metaphysical foundation. According to Hestir, Plato's view that truth is a substantive. . .

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