The Oxford Handbook of Plato

The Oxford Handbook of Plato

by Gail Fine
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The Oxford Handbook of Plato by Gail Fine

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199910441
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/13/2008
Series: Oxford Handbooks
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Plato in His Time and Place
The Platonic Corpus
Plato's Ways of Writing: Representation and Reflection
The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Socrates
Socratic Ethics and Moral Psychology
Plato's Epistemology
Plato's Metaphysics
Plato's Philosophy of Language
Plato on the Soul
Plato's Ethics
Plato on Love
Plato's Politics
Plato on Education and Art
The Republic
The Parmenides
The Theaetetus
The Sophist: How Plato Poses and Solves Two Problems about Statements
The Timaeus and the Principles of Cosmology
The Philebus
Plato and Aristotle in the Academy: An Aristotelian Criticism of Platonic Forms
Plato and Platonism
Bibliography

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Aristocles More than 1 year ago
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.