ARISTOTLE UNDERSTAND PLATO?
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Aristotle, it will be suggested, may be thought of as more
Platonic than Plato, in that he attributed to the pantheon of eide
greater power and sovereignty in the universe than even Plato
imagined possible. The question, which Aristotle raises, it
will be suggested, is whether Plato separated logos
from muthos, participated from participant, the Idea
from its appearance, form from matter, the One from the Dyadic
principle, enough rather than too much. Was Plato able to
maintain the Good and the eide as actual and
effective causes or was he condemned to regard them as merely
potential? Do the eidelose their substantiality and
break down into the elements which they are supposed to unite?
Can the Platonic Good only be regarded as a cause in the
problem-riddled form of treating it as a one which stands
relative to a two? These are questions which occur internally
to the logical and ontological structure of Platonism.