Cambridge Companion to Plato

ISBN-10: 0521436109
ISBN-13: 9780521436106
Edition: 1999
Authors: Richard Kraut
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/30/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 578
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Plato stands as the fount of our philosophical tradition, being the first Western thinker to produce a body of writing that touches upon a wide range of topics still discussed by philosophers today. In a sense he invented philosophy as a distinct subject, for although many of these topics were discussed by his intellectual predecessors and contemporaries, he was the first to bring them together by giving them a unitary treatment. This volume contains fourteen new essays discussing Plato's views about knowledge, reality, mathematics, politics, ethics, love, poetry, and religion. There are also analyses of the intellectual and social background of his thought, the development of his philosophy throughout his career, the range of alternative approaches to his work, and the stylometry of his writing.

Introduction to the study of
Plato: the intellectual background
Stylometry and chronology
Socrates and the early dialogues
Mathematical method and philosophical truth
Inquiry in the
Plato and Greek religion
Platonic love
Plato's metaphysical epistemology
The defence of justice in Plato's Republic
Plato on poetic creativity
Good-bye to the Third Man Constance
Plato's Sophist on false statements
Disintegration and restoration: pleasure and pain in Plato's
Plato's later political thought

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