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Bachelor of Science (BS)
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Daniel E. Flage
Anne M. Wiles
Charles R. Bolyard
This paper examines several key passages within Plato’s Philebus and analyses the underlying metaphysics that exists at the heart of the dialogue. Plato implements the metaphysics in the dialogue by utilizing the terminology of “the limit” and “the unlimited”. This paper examines the Pythagorean origins of the limit and unlimited and depicts how Plato has adapted the terms from their original intent. The Philebus is examined to show the metaphysical importance of the limit and unlimited. The dialogue displays an example of the metaphysics of the limit and the unlimited through the debate between pleasure and intelligence, which is a central theme within the dialogue. This paper attempts to shows how the metaphysical structure of the limit and the unlimited may be applied to other areas of his philosophy as well.
Lascano, Ashley, "A critical analysis of the metaphysics of limit and unlimited in Plato's Philebus" (2019). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 691.