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.
"Greatest Difficulty Argument in Plato’s Parmenides 133c-134c,"
International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities: Vol. 3:
2, Article 15.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/ijurca/vol3/iss2/15