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The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and state-of-the-art survey of current thinking and research in a particular area. Specially commissioned essays from leading international figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.

Plato is the best known, and continues to be the most widely studied, of all the ancient Greek philosophers. The twenty-one newly commissioned articles in the Oxford Handbook of Plato provide in-depth and up-to-date discussions of a variety of topics and dialogues. The result is a useful state-of-the-art reference to the man many consider the most important philosophical thinker in history.

Each article is an original contribution from a leading scholar, and they all serve several functions at once: they survey the lay of the land; express and develop the authors' own views; and situate those views within a range of alternatives.

This Handbook contains chapters on metaphysics, epistemology, love, language, ethics, politics, art and education. Individual chapters are are devoted to each of the following dialogues: the Republic, Parmenides, Theaetetus, Sophist, Timaeus, and Philebus. There are also chapters on Plato and the dialogue form; on Plato in his time and place; on the history of the Platonic corpus; on Aristotle's criticism of Plato, and on Plato and Platonism.

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"The volume's greatest strength is its evenness: with few exceptions, the articles are pitched at the same level as one another, rendering the pieces equally accessible to their audience. Another strength is its thoroughness: it appears to leave no real topical stone unturned in its efforts to acquaint the reader with Plato and Platonic scholarship." —Philosophy in Review

"Evokes new ideas and challenges to readers of Plato."—Noburu Notomi, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"[T]he collection succeeds remarkably well in offering fresh perspectives on a number of themes in Plato's work while avoiding excessive scholarly wrangling or overly technical discussions of individual passages.... the collection accomplishes what should be its primary purpose ?? turning readers toward Plato with a fresh set of interpretive perspectives and questions for further exploration."—Ravi Sharma, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195182903
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/13/2008
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Fine is Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University and Senior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. She is the author of On Ideas (1993) and of Plato on Knowledge and Forms: Selected Essays (2003), and the editor of Plato 1: Metaphysics and Epistemology and of Plato 2: Ethics, Politics, Religion and the Soul (Oxford University Press 1999), both in the Oxford Readings in Philosophy series.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Gail Fine
Plato in His Time and Place, Malcolm Schofield
The Platonic Corpus, T.H. Irwin
Plato's Ways of Writing, Mary Margaret McCabe
The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Socrates, Gareth B. Matthews
Socratic Ethics and Moral Psychology, Daniel Devereux
Plato's Epistemology, C.C.W. Taylor
Plato's Metaphysics, Verity Harte
Plato's Philosophy of Language, Paolo Crivelli
Plato on the Soul, Hendrik Lorenz
Plato's Ethics, Julia Annas
Plato on Love, Richard Kraut
Plato's Politics, Christopher Bobonich
Plato on Education and Art, Rachana Kamtekar
The Republic, Dominic Scott
The Parmenides, Sandra Peterson
The Theaetetus, Mi-Kyoung Lee
The Sophist on Statements, Predication, and Falsehood, Lesley Brown
The Timaeus on the Principles of Cosmology, Thomas Johansen
The Philebus, Constance C. Meinwald
Plato and Aristotle in the Academy, Christopher Shields
Plato and Platonism, Charles Brittain
Index Locorum
Index Nominum
General Index

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Soul and Body

    These essays are intended to be indispensable and they are to the extent that they express the reigning orthodoxy. For the general reader, they are less valuable: after all, one is attending the colloquium of a club whose common principles are unlikely to stir the soul. While the essays of Charles Brittain and Christopher Shields are refreshing, I cannot recommend purchase. When one pays more than a hundred dollars for a book, one expects a beautiful production but Oxford's paper is cheesy and the overall effect is disappointing. If we are to be deprived of Plato's immortal soul, his corpse should be better dressed.

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