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Philosophy in Dialogue
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Traditional Plato scholarship, in the English speaking world, has assumed that Platonic dialogues are merely collections of arguments.  Inevitably, the question arises:  If Plato wanted to present collections of arguments, why did he write dialogues instead of treatises?  Concerned about this question, some scholars have been experimenting with other, more contextualized ways of reading the dialogues.  This anthology is among the first to present these new approaches as pursued by a variety of scholars.  As such, it offers new perspectives on Plato as well as a suggestive view of Plato scholarship as something of a laboratory for historians of philosophy generally.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxxii
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  1. 1. Plato's Book of Images Nicholas D. Smith
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2. "To Say What Is Most Necessary": Expositional and Philosophical Practice in Thucydides and Plato Phil Hopkins
  2. pp. 15-40
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  1. 3. Medicine, Philosophy, and Socrates’ Proposals to Glaucon About Γυμναστιϰή in Republic 403c– 412b
  2. pp. 41-81
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  1. 4. Know Thyself: Socrates as Storyteller
  2. pp. 82-110
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  1. 5. Homeric Μέθοδοϛ in Plato’s Socratic Dialogues
  2. pp. 111-129
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  1. 6. Of Psychic Maieutics and Dialogical Bondagein Plato’s Theaetetus
  2. pp. 130-151
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  1. 7. Plato’s Different Device: Reconciling the One and the Many in the Philebus
  2. pp. 152-173
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  1. 8. Is There Method in This Madness? Context, Play,and Laughter in Plato’s Symposium and Republic
  2. pp. 174-192
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  1. 9. Traveling with Socrates: Dialectic in the Phaedo and Protagoras
  2. pp. 193-211
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  1. 10. In Plato’s Image
  2. pp. 212-237
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  1. Appendix: Dramatic Dates of Plato’s Dialogues
  2. p. 239
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 241-251
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-261
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  1. Notes on the Contributors
  2. pp. 263-264
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