A Companion to Plato / Edition 1

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Overview

This broad-ranging Companion comprises original contributions from leading Platonic scholars and reflects the different ways in which they are dealing with Plato’s legacy.

  • Covers an exceptionally broad range of subjects from diverse perspectives
  • Contributions are devoted to topics, ranging from perception and knowledge to politics and cosmology
  • Allows readers to see how a position advocated in one of Plato’s dialogues compares with positions advocated in others
  • Permits readers to engage the debate concerning Plato’s philosophical development on particular topics
  • Also includes overviews of Plato’s life, works and philosophical method
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Editorial Reviews

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"This compendium of 29 essays by leading scholars, on every aspect of Plato from his biography and literary style to his metaphysics and politics to his reception by later philosophical and religious traditions, is a welcome addition to the resources available to students of Plato. A number of essays distill cutting-edge research developed in greater detail in the authors’ monographs. The result is a book every student of Plato will want to consult."
Rachana Kamtekar, University of Arizona

"This is a valuable collection of essays from a distinguished cast of contributors. It should prove useful to a wide variety of readers."
Chris Bobonich, Stanford University

"This hefty volume differs from many anthologies on Plato in its comprehensiveness...The essays represent recent scholarship on Plato, with bibliographical references at the end of each essay to literature almost exclusively within the last 50 years...To a lover of Plato, another volume of essays on his thought is always welcome."
Choice

"A work avowedly for the philosopher and the student philosopher, but accessible too by other students, this will be a welcome addition in a wide range of libraries from undergraduate level upwards."
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Meet the Author

Hugh H. Benson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. He is the editor of Essays on the Philosophy of Socrates (1992) and author of Socratic Wisdom (2000) as well as various articles on the philosophy of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

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Table of Contents

1 The life of Plato of Athens 1
2 Interpreting Plato 13
3 The Socratic problem 25
Pt. I Platonic method and the dialogue form 37
4 Form and the platonic dialogues 39
5 The Socratic Elenchus 55
6 Platonic definitions and forms 70
7 Plato's method of dialectic 85
Pt. II Platonic epistemology 101
8 Socratic ignorance 103
9 Plato on recollection 119
10 Plato : a theory of perception or a nod to sensation? 133
11 Knowledge and the forms in Plato 146
Pt. III Platonic metaphysics 163
12 The forms and the sciences in Socrates and Plato 165
13 Problems for forms 184
14 The role of cosmology in Plato's philosophy 199
15 Plato on language 214
16 Plato and mathematics 228
17 Platonic religion 244
Pt. IV Platonic psychology 261
18 The Socratic paradoxes 263
19 The Platonic soul 278
20 Plato on eros and friendship 294
21 Plato on pleasure as the human good 308
Pt. V Platonic ethics, politics, and aesthetics 323
22 The unity of the virtues 325
23 Plato on justice 341
24 Plato's concept of goodness 356
25 Plato on the law 373
26 Plato and the arts 388
Pt. VI Platonic legacy 401
27 Learning about Plato from Aristotle 403
28 Plato and Hellenistic philosophy 418
29 Plato's influence on Jewish, Christian, and Islamic philosophy 434
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