Forms and Structure in Plato’s Metaphysics

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Anna Marmodoro, Forms and Structure in Plato’s Metaphysics, Oxford University Press, 2021, 223pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780197577158.

Reviewed by Evan Rodriguez, Idaho State University

In this expansive book, Anna Marmodoro applies insights from her previous work on Anaxagoras, Aristotle, and contemporary metaphysics to offer a new interpretation of Plato’s metaphysics. Marmodoro uses the language of contemporary metaphysics not only to illuminate her understanding of Plato, but also to argue that Plato’s positions are worth taking seriously from a contemporary perspective.

Marmodoro’s method is to engage only selectively with the scholarly literature, and to prioritize an independent assessment of the main puzzles and comparisons that motivate some of the metaphysical discussions in Plato’s dialogues. This requires several caveats concerning the relevant studies that are discussed only minimally or not at all.  Relatedly, she assesses individual passages in Plato’s dialogues on their own merits, setting aside their…

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