The Play of Character in Plato's Dialogues

The Play of Character in Plato's Dialogues

by Ruby Blondell, Blondell Ruby
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521031427

ISBN-13: 9780521031424

Pub. Date: 09/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Rather than distinguishing between the literary and philosophical dimensions of the ancient Greek dialogues, as was long the convention, Blondell (classics, U. of Washington) joins a growing movement to accord due weight to both content and form and to address their interrelationship. She finds characterization as the opening, because the form of the dialogue

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Rather than distinguishing between the literary and philosophical dimensions of the ancient Greek dialogues, as was long the convention, Blondell (classics, U. of Washington) joins a growing movement to accord due weight to both content and form and to address their interrelationship. She finds characterization as the opening, because the form of the dialogue necessarily entails representing individuals and a concern with human character. She makes no mention of plans for a stage production yet. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521031424
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1Drama and dialogueI
Reading Plato4
Plato the "dramatist"14
Why dialogue form?37
2The imitation of character53
"Character"53
The Platonic Sokrates67
Mimetic pedagogy80
3The elenctic Sokrates at work: Hippias Minor113
The elenctic Sokrates115
Hippias and Homer128
Sokrates and Hippias137
Rewriting Homer154
4A changing cast of characters: Republic165
Socratic testing: three responses165
Playing devil's advocate190
Sokrates and the sons of Ariston199
Self-censorship228
Learning by example245
5Reproducing Sokrates: Theaetetus251
Sokrates and the philosopher prince252
Likeness260
Difference270
Cutting the cord289
Becoming Sokrates303
6Putting Sokrates in his place: Sophist and Statesman314
Plato's triad314
The Man with No Name318
Homogenized, pasteurized respondents326
The visitor's pedagogy337
Assaulting the father347
A place for everything, and everything in its place357
A word is worth a thousand pictures365
The visitor and Sokrates378
Silencing Sokrates386
Bibliography397
General index428
Index of passages cited438

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