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Reading Plato

1st Edition

By Thomas A. Szlezák

Routledge

152 pages

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Description

Reading Plato offers a concise and illuminating insight into the complexities and difficulties of the Platonic dialogues, providing an invaluable text for any student of Plato's philosophy.

Taking as a starting point the critique of writing in the Phaedrus -- where Socrates argues that a book cannot choose its reader nor can it defend itself against misinterpretation -- Reading Plato offers solutions to the problems of interpreting the dialogues. In this ground-breaking book, Thomas A. Szlezak persuasively argues that the dialogues are designed to stimulate philosophical enquiry and to elevate philosophy to the realm of oral dialectic.

Reviews

'An English translation of this splendid book is long overdue.' - Greece and Rome

About the Author

Thomas A. Szlezák is Professor of Greek Philology at the University of Tubingen, Germany. He is the author of numerous books on Plato.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General