The Art of Plato

Ten Essays in Platonic Interpretation

Author: R. B. Rutherford

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674048119

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 335

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The enduring fascination of Plato's dialogues rests not only on the dazzling range of his arguments and opinions, but also on the extraordinary richness of his literary style. The great Greek philosopher captures the imagination and stimulates the curiosity of his readers through his expert use of the techniques devised by the rhetoricians and the poets of his time: Plato, the critic of art and poetry, shows himself a consummate artist. This book is not a study of Plato's philosophy, but a contribution to the literary interpretation of the dialogues, through analysis of their formal structure, characterization, language, and imagery. Among the dialogues considered in these interrelated essays are some of Plato's most admired and influential works, including Gorgias, the Symposium, the Republic and Phaedrus. Special attention is paid to the personality of Socrates, Plato's remarkable mentor, and to his interaction with the other characters in the dialogues. The author also discusses particular problems such as the sources for our knowledge of Socrates, the origins of the dialogue form, Plato's use of myth, and the "totalitarianism" of the Republic.This combination of sympathetic literary criticism and exact historical scholarship makes The Art of Plato a valuable contribution to the study of one of the greatest of all Greek writers.

The Platonic Art of Philosophy

Author: George Boys-Stones,Dimitri El Murr,Christopher Gill

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107038987

Category: Philosophy

Page: 351

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Collection of essays bringing diverse approaches to Plato into conversation in the spirit of its honorand, Christopher Rowe.

The Art of Living

Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault

Author: Alexander Nehamas

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520224906

Category: History

Page: 283

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In this wide-ranging, brilliantly written account, Nehamas provides an incisive reevaluation of Socrates' place in the Western philosophical tradition and shows the importance of Socrates for Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault.

Politics, Philosophy, Writing

Plato's Art of Caring for Souls

Author: Zdravko Planinc

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826263025

Category: Philosophy

Page: 261

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The leading scholars represented in Politics, Philosophy, Writing examine six key Platonic dialogues and the most important of the epistles, moving from Plato's most public or political writings to his most philosophical. The collection is intended to demonstrate the unity of Plato's concerns, the literary quality of his writing, and the integral relation of form and content in his work. Taken together, these essays show the consistency of Plato's understanding of the political art, the art of writing, and the philosophical life.

Plato on Art and Beauty

Author: Alison Denham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230368182

Category: Art

Page: 238

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This unique collection of essays focuses on various aspects of Plato's Philosophy of Art, not only in The Republic , but in the Phaedrus, Symposium, Laws and related dialogues. The range of issues addressed includes the contest between philosophy and poetry, the moral status of music, the love of beauty, censorship, motivated emotions.

Plato on the Value of Philosophy

Author: Tushar Irani

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107181984

Category: Philosophy

Page: 212

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This book explores Plato's views on what an 'art of argument' should look like, investigating the relationship between psychology and rhetoric.

Plato As Author

The Rhetoric of Philosophy

Author: Ann N. Michelini

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004128781

Category: Philosophy

Page: 359

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This collection, focusing on literary aspects of the Platonic dialogues, includes diverse essays by scholars from several different fields. Topics include friendship and desire in the Lysis, Socratic irony in Cratylus, and mystery imagery in Phaedrus.

Art and Truth after Plato

Author: Tom Rockmore

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022604002X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

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Despite its foundational role in the history of philosophy, Plato’s famous argument that art does not have access to truth or knowledge is now rarely examined, in part because recent philosophers have assumed that Plato’s challenge was resolved long ago. In Art and Truth after Plato, Tom Rockmore argues that Plato has in fact never been satisfactorily answered—and to demonstrate that, he offers a comprehensive account of Plato’s influence through nearly the whole history of Western aesthetics. Rockmore offers a cogent reading of the post-Platonic aesthetic tradition as a series of responses to Plato’s position, examining a stunning diversity of thinkers and ideas. He visits Aristotle’s Poetics, the medieval Christians, Kant’s Critique of Judgment, Hegel’s phenomenology, Marxism, social realism, Heidegger, and many other works and thinkers, ending with a powerful synthesis that lands on four central aesthetic arguments that philosophers have debated. More than a mere history of aesthetics, Art and Truth after Plato presents a fresh look at an ancient question, bringing it into contemporary relief.

Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing

Author: Christopher Rowe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139467794

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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Plato's dialogues are usually understood as simple examples of philosophy in action. In this book Professor Rowe treats them rather as literary-philosophical artefacts, shaped by Plato's desire to persuade his readers to exchange their view of life and the universe for a different view which, from their present perspective, they will barely begin to comprehend. What emerges is a radically new Plato: a Socratic throughout, who even in the late dialogues is still essentially the Plato (and the Socrates) of the Apology and the so-called 'Socratic' dialogues. This book aims to understand Plato both as a philosopher and as a writer, on the assumption that neither of these aspects of the dialogues can be understood without the other. The argument of the book is closely based in Plato's text, but should be accessible to any serious reader of Plato, whether professional philosopher, classicist, or student.