Philosophy in Dialogue
Plato’s Many Devices
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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Questions concerning Plato’s many and varied devices arise almost immediately upon beginning to read one’s first Platonic “dialogue.” Just what kind of work is a “dialogue,” and how do such works communicate...
1. Plato's Book of Images Nicholas D. Smith
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Plato’s Republic is a book of images. Its most famous image, perhaps, is the image in which he has Socrates compare all human beings to prisoners in a cave. But the Republic is also the locus classicus of that most...
2. "To Say What Is Most Necessary": Expositional and Philosophical Practice in Thucydides and Plato Phil Hopkins
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Recent scholarship has explored the purposes of the aporetic dimensions of Plato’s dialogues, and this focus on “method” has opened the dialogues to subtle and productive readings. Much of it also recalls a set...
3. Medicine, Philosophy, and Socrates’ Proposals to Glaucon About Γυμναστιϰή in Republic 403c– 412b
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Plato’s dialogues contain many references to Greek medical practice and medical tradition. Some scholars have even supposed that Plato portrayed Socrates in many of the dialogues as extending and reinterpreting...
4. Know Thyself: Socrates as Storyteller
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Though Plato’s expertise as both a philosopher and a dramatic literary stylist is commonly acknowledged, his skillful use of narrative framing techniques has not received significant scholarly attention.1 This omission...
5. Homeric Μέθοδοϛ in Plato’s Socratic Dialogues
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Does Socrates have a method? Does Plato have a method in the deployment of his “Socrates become beautiful and new”?1 These are urgent questions not only to those of us who are concerned about how the...
6. Of Psychic Maieutics and Dialogical Bondagein Plato’s Theaetetus
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The conversation recounted in Plato’s Theaetetus, it seems, almost did not happen. Indeed, one might say that the conversation among Socrates, Theodorus, and Theaetetus about what knowledge itself is almost miscarried...
7. Plato’s Different Device: Reconciling the One and the Many in the Philebus
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So says Protarchus toward the beginning of Plato’s Philebus. His statement may appear to be merely a passing comment, but actually, when understood broadly, it sheds light on the whole dialogue. Different kinds...
8. Is There Method in This Madness? Context, Play,and Laughter in Plato’s Symposium and Republic
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Where there is madness in Plato, method lurks. In its modern guise, method is designed to establish philosophy as a science by determining procedures in advance that ensure objectivity. Modern method permits...
9. Traveling with Socrates: Dialectic in the Phaedo and Protagoras
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In this essay, I argue that Socratic or Platonic1 dialectic is not a method that follows rigid structures as is suggested by, for example, the model of the elenchus.2 Although the Greek word...
10. In Plato’s Image
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Plato’s images are among the most powerful and alluring ever contrived: the cave dwellers of the Republic sit in shackles before the shadows cast on the cave wall, prevented from turning their heads toward the real...
Appendix: Dramatic Dates of Plato’s Dialogues
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Notes on the Contributors
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Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2007
Series Title: Topics in Historical Philosophy
Series Editor Byline: McCumber, John