Plato and the Socratic Dialogue: The Philosophical Use of a Literary Form

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 9, 1997 - Philosophy - 453 pages
This book offers a new interpretation of Plato's early and middle dialogues as the expression of a unified philosophical vision. Whereas the traditional view sees the dialogues as marking successive stages in Plato's philosophical development, we may more legitimately read them as reflecting an artistic plan for the gradual, indirect and partial exposition of Platonic philosophy. The magnificent literary achievement of the dialogues can be fully appreciated only from the viewpoint of a unitarian reading of the philosophical content.
 

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Contents

The object of love 258
22
The interpretation of Plato
36
Socrates
71
Ion and Hippias Minor
101
Passages cited 415
120
Platos manifesto for philosophy
121
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