Plato: Phaedrus

Plato: Phaedrus

by Plato
     
 

ISBN-10: 0856683140

ISBN-13: 9780856683145

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Aris and Phillips

The dating of the Phaedrus has been hotly debated: sometimes it has been counted among Plato's earliest works; sometimes with the dialogues of the 'middle' period (Phaedo, Symposium, Republic); sometimes with the late works (e.g. Sophist, Statesman). The safest and easiest hypothesis is that it stands somewhere between the latter two groups, in that it displays…  See more details below

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The dating of the Phaedrus has been hotly debated: sometimes it has been counted among Plato's earliest works; sometimes with the dialogues of the 'middle' period (Phaedo, Symposium, Republic); sometimes with the late works (e.g. Sophist, Statesman). The safest and easiest hypothesis is that it stands somewhere between the latter two groups, in that it displays themes and preoccupations in common with both. Love, knowledge and the Forms, the nature and fate of the immortal soul: these are subjects familiar from the constructive middle dialogues; on the other hand, the discussion which frames Socrates' treatment of them, about the relationship between rhetoric and philosophy, about the value of writing, and about methodology, can in many respects plausibly be linked with the approach of the later and more critical dialogues. In modern times the Phaedrus has been relatively neglected; yet the rich mixture of its themes, and the consequent variations of style and tempo, make it one of the most rewarding parts of the Platonic corpus. This same variety is also the source of one of the major problems affecting our understanding of the work; is it a real unity? If so, what are the threads which hold the parts together? Greek text with facing-page translation, commentary and notes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780856683145
Publisher:
Aris and Phillips
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Classical Texts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface (to the first edition)
Preface (to the second edition)
Introduction
Select Bibliography
Parallel Greek Text and English Translation
Commentary
Index

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