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Agora, Academy, and the Conduct of Philosophy : Philosophical Studies - Debra Nails

Agora, Academy, and the Conduct of Philosophy

Philosophical Studies

By: Debra Nails, Nicholas D. Smith (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1995
ISBN: 9780792335436
Number Of Pages: 267

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Agora, Academy, and the Conduct of Philosophy offers extremely careful and detailed criticisms of some of the most important assumptions scholars have brought to bear in beginning the process of (Platonic) interpretation. It goes on to offer a new way to group the dialogues, based on important facts in the lives and philosophical practices of Socrates - the main speaker in most of Plato's dialogues - and of Plato himself. Both sides of Debra Nails's arguments deserve close attention: the negative side, which exposes a great deal of diversity in a field that often claims to have achieved a consensus; and the positive side, which insists that we must attend to what we know of these philosophers' lives and practices, if we are to make a serious attempt to understand why Plato wrote the way he did, and why his writings seem to depict different philosophies and even different approaches to philosophizing. From the Preface by Nicholas D. Smith.

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List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introductionp. 3
The Socratic Problemp. 8
The Platonic Questionp. 32
The Early Middle Late Consensus: How Deep? How Broad?p. 53
The Content of the Dialoguesp. 69
Stylometric Investigationsp. 97
Thesleff's Philological Undermining of Developmentalismp. 115
Socrates Oralist, Plato Textualistp. 139
Literacy in Fifth Century Athensp. 158
The Anthropological Evidence and Where It Fallsp. 179
Socrates in the Agorap. 195
Plato in the Academyp. 213
Bibliographyp. 239
Index of Passagesp. 251
General Indexp. 256
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ISBN: 9780792335436
ISBN-10: 0792335430
Series: Philosophical Studies
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 267
Published: 31st July 1995
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.28 x 16.66  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.6

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