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is a term used by Plato (μέθεξις/méthexis), first, to explain the relation of ideas to appearances (Phenomenon) that participate in ideas, and secondly, to explain the relation that ideas may have to one another, where one may participate in another. In applying the term in the second sense, the term “fellowship” (κοινωνία/koinōnía) is also used (Soph. 254b8–c5). The concept of participation implies that the one participating has a lower rank of being than the one in which it participates (Symposion 211b1–5), but the term “fellowship” does not imply any such…

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Rese, Friederike, “Participation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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