Plato's Republic as a Philosophical Drama on Doing Well

Author: Ivor Ludlam

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739190202

Category: Philosophy

Page: 292

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Plato's Republic as a Philosophical Drama on Doing Well reimagines the central theme of Plato's foundational work through an interpretation of its characters as paradigms of the apparent good. Focusing attention on the dialogue itself, Ivor Ludlam provides an innovative, holistic, and dramatic new perspective on the classic text.

Plato's Natural Philosophy

A Study of the Timaeus-Critias

Author: Thomas Kjeller Johansen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521067485

Category: Philosophy

Page: 228

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Plato's dialogue the Timaeus-Critias presents two connected accounts, that of the story of Atlantis and its defeat by ancient Athens and that of the creation of the cosmos by a divine craftsman. This book offers a unified reading of the dialogue. It tackles a wide range of interpretative and philosophical issues. Topics discussed include the function of the famous Atlantis story, the notion of cosmology as 'myth' and as 'likely', and the role of God in Platonic cosmology. Other areas commented upon are Plato's concepts of 'necessity' and 'teleology', the nature of the 'receptacle', the relationship between the soul and the body, the use of perception in cosmology, and the work's peculiar monologue form. The unifying theme is teleology: Plato's attempt to show the cosmos to be organised for the good. A central lesson which emerges is that the Timaeus is closer to Aristotle's physics than previously thought.

A Commentary on Plato's Meno

Author: Jacob Klein

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226439594

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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The Meno, one of the most widely read of the Platonic dialogues, is seen afresh in this original interpretation that explores the dialogue as a theatrical presentation. Just as Socrates's listeners would have questioned and examined their own thinking in response to the presentation, so, Klein shows, should modern readers become involved in the drama of the dialogue. Klein offers a line-by-line commentary on the text of the Meno itself that animates the characters and conversation and carefully probes each significant turn of the argument. "A major addition to the literature on the Meno and necessary reading for every student of the dialogue."—Alexander Seasonske, Philosophical Review "There exists no other commentary on Meno which is so thorough, sound, and enlightening."—Choice Jacob Klein (1899-1978) was a student of Martin Heidegger and a tutor at St. John's College from 1937 until his death. His other works include Plato's Trilogy: Theaetetus, the Sophist, and the Statesman, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Plato: The Man and His Work (RLE: Plato)

Author: A E Taylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136234764

Category: Philosophy

Page: 576

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This book provides an introduction to Plato’s work that gives a clear statement of what Plato has to say about the problems of thought and life. In particular, it tells the reader just what Plato says, and makes no attempt to force a system on the Platonic text or to trim Plato’s works to suit contemporary philosophical tastes. The author also gives an account that has historical fidelity - we cannot really understand the Republic or the Gorgias if we forget that the Athens of the conversations is meant to be the Athens of Nicias or Cleon, not the very different Athens of Plato’s own manhood. To understand Plato’s thought we must see it in the right historical perspective.

Plato and the Foundations of Metaphysics

A Work on the Theory of the Principles and Unwritten Doctrines of Plato with a Collection of the Fundamental Documents

Author: Hans Joachim Krämer

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791404331

Category: Philosophy

Page: 311

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This is a book about the relationship of the two traditions of Platonic interpretation -- the indirect and the direct traditions, the written dialogues and the unwritten doctrines. Kramer, who is the foremost proponent of the Tubingen School of interpretation, presents the unwritten doctrines as the crown of Plato's system and the key revealing it. Kramer unfolds the philosophical significance of the unwritten doctrines in their fullness. He demonstrates the hermeneutic fruitfulness of the unwritten doctrines when applied to the dialogues. He shows that the doctrines are a revival of the presocratic theory renovated and brought to a new plane through Socrates. In this way, Plato emerges as the creator of classical metaphysics. In the Third Part, Kramer compares the structure of Platonism, as construed by the Tubingen School, with current philosophical structures such as analytic philosophy, Hegel, phenomenology, and Heidegger. Of the five appendices, the most important presents English translations of the ancient testimonies on the unwritten doctrines. These include the "self-testimonies of Plato." There is also a bibliography on the problem of the unwritten doctrines.

Plato on the Limits of Human Life

Author: Sara Brill

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253008913

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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By focusing on the immortal character of the soul in key Platonic dialogues, Sara Brill shows how Plato thought of the soul as remarkably flexible, complex, and indicative of the inner workings of political life and institutions. As she explores the character of the soul, Brill reveals the corrective function that law and myth serve. If the soul is limitless, she claims, then the city must serve a regulatory or prosthetic function and prop up good political institutions against the threat of the soul’s excess. Brill’s sensitivity to dramatic elements and discursive strategies in Plato’s dialogues illuminates the intimate connection between city and soul.

Plato's Dialogue on Friendship

An Interpretation of the Lysis, with a New Translation

Author: David Bolotin,Plato

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801495618

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 227

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Plato on Poetry

Ion; Republic 376e-398b9; Republic 595-608b10

Author: Plato,Penelope Murray

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521349819

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 250

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This is a commentary on selected texts of Plato concerned with poetry: the Ion and relevant sections of the Republic. It is the first commentary to present these texts together in one volume, and the first in English on Republic 2 and 3 and Ion for nearly 100 years. The introduction sets Plato's views in their Greek context and outlines their influence on later aesthetic thought. An important feature of the commentary is its exploration of the ambivalence of Plato's pronouncements through an analysis of his own skill as a writer.

Plato and the Post-Socratic Dialogue

The Return to the Philosophy of Nature

Author: Charles H. Kahn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107031451

Category: History

Page: 266

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These six diverse and difficult dialogues are seen together as aspects of Plato's project of reformulating his theory of Forms.

A History of Greek Philosophy: Volume 4, Plato: The Man and His Dialogues: Earlier Period

Author: W. K. C. Guthrie,William Keith Chambers Guthrie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521311014

Category: Philosophy

Page: 624

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The fourth volume of Professor Guthrie's great history of Greek thought deals exclusively with Plato. Plato, however, so prolific a writer, so profoundly original in his thought, and so colossal an influence on the later history of philosophy, that it has not been possible to confine him to one volume. Volume IV therefore offers a general introduction to his life and writings, and covers the so-called 'early' and 'middle' periods of his philosophical development (up to and including the Republic).

The Winged Chariot

Collected Essays on Plato and Platonism in Honour of L.M. De Rijk

Author: Lambertus Marie De Rijk,María Kardaun,Joke Spruyt

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004114807

Category: Philosophy

Page: 331

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This volume discusses important chapters of the history of Platonism, from its pre-Socratic roots to the Middle Ages. It includes papers on Plato's and Platonic semantics, metaphysics, theology, logic, epistemology, natural philosophy and philosophy of art.

Plato on Rhetoric and Language

Four Key Dialogues

Author: Plato,Jean Nienkamp

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781880393338

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

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Collected here for the first time in one volume, four key Platonic dialogues-the Ion, the Protagorus, the Gorgius and the Phaedrus - serve as an important introduction to the productive ambiguities of Platonic thought on rhetoric and language. In her introduction to the volume, editor Jean Nienkamp considers Plato's views on language, genre, and writing, and outlines the critical issues involved in the study of Platonic thought on rhetoric and poetics. Readers are invited to participate in the dialogues as vital philosophical conversations about issues that animate contemporary rhetorical and literary thought today.

The works of Plato abridg'd

With an account of his life ... Together with a translation of his choicest Dialogues.... Illustrated with notes

Author: Plato,André Dacier,Joseph Stennett

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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Plato's Laws

Force and Truth in Politics

Author: Gregory Recco,Eric Sanday

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253001889

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

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Readers of Plato have often neglected the Laws because of its length and density. In this set of interpretive essays, notable scholars of the Laws from the fields of classics, history, philosophy, and political science offer a collective close reading of the dialogue "book by book" and reflect on the work as a whole. In their introduction, editors Gregory Recco and Eric Sanday explore the connections among the essays and the dramatic and productive exchanges between the contributors. This volume fills a major gap in studies on Plato’s dialogues by addressing the cultural and historical context of the Laws and highlighting their importance to contemporary scholarship.

Agora, Academy, and the Conduct of Philosophy

Author: Debra Nails

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401101515

Category: Philosophy

Page: 267

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Agora, Academy, and the Conduct of Philosophy offers extremely careful and detailed criticisms of some of the most important assumptions scholars have brought to bear in beginning the process of (Platonic) interpretation. It goes on to offer a new way to group the dialogues, based on important facts in the lives and philosophical practices of Socrates - the main speaker in most of Plato's dialogues - and of Plato himself. Both sides of Debra Nails's arguments deserve close attention: the negative side, which exposes a great deal of diversity in a field that often claims to have achieved a consensus; and the positive side, which insists that we must attend to what we know of these philosophers' lives and practices, if we are to make a serious attempt to understand why Plato wrote the way he did, and why his writings seem to depict different philosophies and even different approaches to philosophizing. From the Preface by Nicholas D. Smith.

Grösserer Hippias

Author: Plato,Ernst Heitsch

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 352530417X

Category: History

Page: 145

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English summary: In this text a member of the Platonic Academy who is influenced by Plato's early dialogues fabricates a conversation that Socrates has with the renowned sophist Hippias from Elis about the question what beauty is. The author, who evidently could not have known Socrates or Hippias, is dependent in his work on information from Plato, thus giving us a first glimpse, on the one hand, into the Plato reception and, on the other hand, when he has his interlocutors discuss distributive and collective properties, into the intellectual life of the Academy. German description: Das Adjektiv grosser im Titel bezieht sich auf den Umfang, verglichen mit einem kleineren Dialog desselben Namens. Der unbekannte Autor wird Platon (427-347) und Aristoteles (384-322) noch gekannt haben und gewahrt uns mit seiner Schrift einen Blick in das Leben und den Unterrichtsbetrieb der fruhen Akademie. Sokrates und der renommierte Gelehrte Hippias aus Elis fuhren in der ersten Halfte des Dialogs ein Gesprach uber die Frage, was eigentlich das Schone sei: Hier orientiert sich der Autor fur den Gesprachsstil im Wesentlichen an den fruheren Dialogen Platons. Die zweite Halfte, vor allem mit den Ausfuhrungen uber distributive und kollektive Eigenschaften, spiegelt eher die Diskussionen uber Probleme, wie sie seinerzeit in der Akademie aktuell waren.