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195-205

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© 2011, John Lindsay

Abstract

This paper will offer a five-step interpretation of the Greatest Difficulty Argument (GDA) in Plato’s Parmenides (133c-134c). I agree with Sandra Peterson that Plato presents two arguments in the GDA (the active argument up to 134b6 and the passive argument following). However I will argue that Peterson’s interpretation of the passive argument relies on an unintuitive premise. I will present a modified passive argument that is not dependent on the unintuitive premise. I will lastly present an interpretation of 134b12 so that it contributes to both the active and passive routes.

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