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Plato: Phaedrus / Edition 1
     

Plato: Phaedrus / Edition 1

by Plato, R. Hackforth
 

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ISBN-10: 0521097037

ISBN-13: 9780521097031

Pub. Date: 05/28/1972

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes

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Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher. The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521097031
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1972
Series:
Classical Texts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.43(d)

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Table of Contents

Introductionix
Note on the Textl
Select Bibliographyli
Phaedrus1
Explanatory Notes76
Textual Notes106
Index of Names107

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