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Genres in Dialogue Plato and the Construct of Philosophy

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ISBN-10: 0521774330

ISBN-13: 9780521774338

Edition: 1999

Authors: Andrea Wilson Nightingale

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This book takes as its starting point Platos incorporation of specific genres of poetry and rhetoric into his dialogues. The author argues that Platos dialogues with traditional genres are part and parcel of his effort to define philosophy. Before Plato, philosophy designated intellectual cultivation in the broadest sense. When Plato appropriated the term for his own intellectual project, he created a new and specialised discipline. In order to define and legitimise philosophy, Plato had to match it against genres of discourse that had authority and currency in democratic Athens. By incorporating the text or discourse of another genre, Plato defines his new brand of wisdom in opposition to…    
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Book details

List price: $47.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/13/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.02" wide x 8.94" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Andrea Nightingale is a professor of classics and comparative literature at Stanford University and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of Genres in Dialogue:�Plato and the Construct of Philosophy and Spectacles of Truth in Classical Greek Philosophy: Theoria in Its Cultural Context.

Abbreviations and texts
Plato, Isocrates and the property of philosophy
Use and abuse of Athenian tragedy
Eulogy, irony, parody
Alien and authentic discourse
Philosophy and comedy
General index
Index of passages from Plato