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Single Idea 2142

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 2. Need for Universals]

Full Idea

All the things we refer to as pluralities (e.g. beautiful things) we also count as belonging to a single class by virtue of the fact that they have a single particular character.

Gist of Idea

The plurality of beautiful things must belong to a single class, because they have a single particular character


Plato (The Republic [c.374 BCE], 507b)

Book Reference

Plato: 'Republic', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 1993], p.233