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Form and Argument in Late Plato - Christopher Gill

Form and Argument in Late Plato

By: Christopher Gill (Editor), Mary Margaret McCabe (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2000
ISBN: 9780199241422
Number Of Pages: 360

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Why did Plato put his philosophical arguments into dialogues, rather than presenting them in a plain and readily understandable fashion? In writing rich tales of philosophical encounters, does Plato desert clarity in favour of seducing his readers with fine words, or is there a philosophical reason behind the form of his argument? While recent work has focused on the literary brilliance of the early dialogues, the late dialogues present a particular problem: they lack the vivid literary character of Plato's earlier works, and the dialogue structure seems to be a mere formality. Is there a philosophical reason why Plato's late works are in the form of dialogues? In this volume, a group of internationally prominent scholars address that question. Their answers are fresh, varied, and powerfully argued. This volume offers both a series of first-class essays on major late Platonic dialogues and a discussion which has important implications for the study of philosophical method and the relation between philosophy and literature. It shows that the literary form and modes of dialectic of the late dialogues are richly rewarding to study, and that doing so is of deep importance for Plato's philosophical project.

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"The contents of this volume are likely to provide much material for future discussions of late Plato"--Bryn Mawr Classical Review


"Anyone who has tried to unravel the many puzzles of the late Platonic dialogues will find these essays helpful."--Religious Studies Review


Acknowledgementsp. v
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Note on Conventionsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Unity in the Parmenides: The Unity of the Parmenidesp. 5
Likeness and Likenesses in the Parmenidesp. 49
Three Platonist Interpretations of the Theaetetusp. 79
Conflicting Appearances: Theaetetus 153d-154bp. 105
The Literary Form of the Sophistp. 135
The Politicus: Structure and Formp. 153
Space, Time, Shape, and Direction: Creative Discourse in the Timaeusp. 179
The Hedonist's Conversion: The Role of Socrates in the Philebusp. 213
Reading the Lawsp. 249
Afterword: Dialectic and the Dialogue Form in Late Platop. 283
Bibliographyp. 313
Index of Ancient Passagesp. 325
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780199241422
ISBN-10: 0199241422
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st October 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.42

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