`He [Malcolm] gives a good account of competing interpretations, and a very defensible view of why it was that Plato was led to write as he did.' Heythrop Journal
`fine book ... His critical analysis of the recent literature on self-predication and his skillful classification of the various interpretative possibilities, which provide the pathway to this goal, constitute a paradigm of Platonic scholarship.' David Keyt, University of Washington, Classical Review (1992)
'a refreshingly philosophical approach to a problem of long standing .. He argues his case well ... this is a significant and useful contribution.' Greece and Rome, April 1993
`The book is elegantly, and ... accurately, produced ... Malcolm displays acuity, pertinacity, and thoroughness; and goes to great lengths to make clear the structure of his argument.' Classical Review
'The auxiliary results of Malcolm's project of understanding Plato's alleged failure are of great interest. The careful, well-grounded examination of others' views ... are illuminating. The ration of telling arguments per page is high. There is much humor in the book, most of it subtle.' Sandra Peterson, University of Minnesota, Philosophical Review, April 1992
'Malcolm has done a great service by providing us with a book we can use for many years as a handbook on modern interpretations of Platonic metaphysics ... the chief value of the book is its thorough discussions of most of the views about Plato's metaphysics that have been proposed in English over the last thirty years.' Paul Woodruff, The University of Texas at Austin, Review of Metaphysics, September 1993
About the Author
John Malcolm is a Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Davis.