Explores the interplay between the dramatic form of the dialogue and the basic themes it addresses.
The Statesman is among the most widely ranging of Plato’s dialogues, bringing together in a single discourse disparate subjects such as politics, mathematics, ontology, dialectic, and myth. The essays in this collection consider these subjects and others, focusing in particular on the dramatic form of the dialogue. They take into account not only what is said but also how it is said, by whom and to whom it is said, and when and where it is said. In this way, the contributors approach the text in a manner that responds to the dialogue itself rather than bringing preconceived questions and scholarly debates to bear on it. The essays are especially attuned to the comedic elements that run through much of the dialogue and that are played out in a way that reveals the subject of the comedy. In the Statesman, these comedies reach their climax when the statesman becomes a participant in a comedy of animals and thereby is revealed in his true nature.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series|
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About the Author
John Sallis is Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is the author of many books, including Klee’s Mirror; The Gathering of Reason: Second Edition; and Platonic Legacies, all also published by SUNY Press.
Table of Contents
2. From Spontaneity to Automaticity: Polar (Opposite) Reversal at Statesman 269c274d
3. Autochthony, Sexual Reproduction, and Political Life in the Statesman Myth
4. Where Have All the Shepherds Gone? Socratic Withdrawal in Plato’s Statesman
S. Montgomery Ewegen
5. The Politics of Time: On the Relationship between Life and Law in Plato’s Statesman
Walter A. Brogan
6. A Little Move toward Greek Philosophy: Reassessing the Statesman Myth
7. Noêsis and Logos in the Eleatic Trilogy, with a Focus on the Visitor’s Jokes at Statesman 266a-d
8. Finding the Right Concepts: On Dialectics in Plato’s Statesman
9. Paradigm and Dialectical Inquiry in Plato’s Statesman
10. The Art of the Example in Plato’s Statesman
11. Reconsidering the Relations between the Statesman, the Philosopher, and the Sophist
12. Syngrammatology in Plato’s Statesman
13. Stranger than the Stranger: Axiothea
Drew A. Hyland
14. On Law and the Science of Politics in Plato’s Statesman 237
Robert C. Bartlett
15. Adrift on the Boundless Sea of Unlikeness: Sophistry and Law in the Statesman
16. The Philosophers in Plato’s Trilogy
Burt C. Hopkins
17. Transformations: Platonic Mythos and Plotinian Logos
Gary M. Gurtler, S.J.