The Oxford Handbook of Plato

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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 ...

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Overview

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: 9780199769193
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/14/2011
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 618
  • Sales rank: 1,484,512
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (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

1 Introduction Gail Fine Fine, Gail 3

2 Plato in His Time and Place Malcolm Schofield Schofield, Malcolm 36

3 The Platonic Corpus T. H. Irwin Irwin, T. H. 63

4 Plato's Ways of Writing Mary Margaret McCabe McCabe, Mary Margaret 88

5 The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Socrates Gareth B. Matthews Matthews, Gareth B. 114

6 Socratic Ethics and Moral Psychology Daniel Devereux Devereux, Daniel 139

7 Plato's Epistemology C. C. W. Taylor Taylor, C. C. W. 165

8 Plato's Metaphysics Verity Harte Harte, Verity 191

9 Plato's Philosophy of Language Paolo Crivelli Crivelli, Paolo 217

10 Plato on the Soul Hendrik Lorenz Lorenz, Hendrik 243

11 Plato's Ethics Julia Annas Annas, Julia 267

12 Plato on Love Richard Kraut Kraut, Richard 286

13 Plato's Politics Christopher Bobonich Bobonich, Christopher 311

14 Plato on Education and Art Rachana Kamtekar Kamtekar, Rachana 336

15 The Republic Dominic Scott Scott, Dominic 360

16 The Parmenides Sandra Peterson Peterson, Sandra 383

17 The Theaetetus Mi-Kyoung Lee Lee, Mi-Kyoung 411

18 The Sophist on Statements, Predication, and Falsehood Lesley Brown Brown, Lesley 437

19 The Timaeus on the Principles of Cosmology Thomas K. Johansen Johansen, Thomas K. 463

20 The Philebus Constance C. Meinwald Meinwald, Constance C. 484

21 Plato and Aristotle in the Academy Christopher Shields Shields, Christopher 504

22 Plato and Platonism Charles Brittain Brittain, Charles 526

Bibliography 553

Index Locorum 581

Index Nominum 591

Subject Index 596

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