Plato and the Socratic Dialogue: The Philosophical Use of a Literary Form

Plato and the Socratic Dialogue: The Philosophical Use of a Literary Form

by Charles H. Kahn

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Plato and the Socratic Dialogue: The Philosophical Use of a Literary Form by Charles H. Kahn

This book offers a new interpretation of Plato's early and middle dialogues as the expression of a unified philosophical vision. Whereas the traditional view sees the dialogues as marking successive stages in Plato's philosophical development, we may more legitimately read them as reflecting an artistic plan for the gradual, indirect and partial exposition of Platonic philosophy. The magnificent literary achievement of the dialogues can be fully appreciated only from the viewpoint of a unitarian reading of the philosophical content.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521433259
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1997
Pages: 453
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

1. Sokratikoi logoi: the literary and intellectual background of Plato's work; 2. The interpretation of Plato; 3. Socrates; 4. Plato as a minor Socratic: Ion and Hippias Minor; 5. Gorgias: Plato's manifesto for philosophy; 6. The priority of definition: from Laches to Meno; 7. Charmides and the search for beneficial knowledge; 8. Protagoras: virtue as knowledge; 9. The object of love; 10. The emergence of dialectic; 11. The presentation of the Forms; 12. Phaedrus and the limits of writing; Appendix; Bibliography.

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