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CORDERO, Néstor-Luis. From Uselessness to Justification of a “Finger’s Form” in Plato (From Republic to Sophist). Nova tellus [online]. 2021, vol.39, n.1, pp.11-25.  Epub May 05, 2021. ISSN 0185-3058.

While in Republic (523a) Plato considers there is no need of the existence of a Finger’s Form, since a no-finger can be imagined, in Book X he affirms the existence of a Bed’s Form, a substantial object such as the finger. This Platonic inaccuracy related to the Form of substances is confirmed in the Parmenides, when Socrates confesses his doubts about them. But in the Sophist, a later dialogue, we find a coherent response because The Form of the Other justifies that there be an opposite to the finger, a “no-finger”, which is simply something different from the finger.

Keywords : Plato; Form; Parmenides; Republic; Sophist.

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