1st Edition

The Platonic Mind

Edited By Peter D. Larsen, Vasilis Politis Copyright 2025
    504 Pages
    by Routledge

    Plato is one of the most widely read and studied philosophers of all time. A pivotal figure in the history of philosophy, his work is foundational to the Western philosophical tradition.

    The Platonic Mind provides an extensive survey of his work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising over thirty specially commissioned chapters by an international team of contributors, the volume is divided into three clear parts:

    • Reading Plato’s Dialogues
    • Themes from Plato
    • Plato’s Influences and Significance

    Within these sections key topics are addressed including: the nature of reality and the physical world; human cognition, including knowledge, sense perception, and affective states; society, politics, and law; his method of inquiry and literary style; his influence on subsequent thinkers and traditions; studies on a wide range of individual Platonic dialogues.

    Plato’s work is central to the study of ancient philosophy, Greek philosophy, history of philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, philosophy of language, legal philosophy, and philosophy of religion. As such The Platonic Mind is essential reading for all students and researchers in philosophy. It will also be of interest to those studying Plato in related disciplines such as politics, law, ancient history, literature, and religious studies.

    Introduction Peter D. Larsen and Vasilis Politis

    Part 1: Reading Plato’s Dialogues

    1. Self-Knowledge in Plato’s Charmides Raphael Woolf

    2. Plato’s Protagoras, Virtue, and Happiness Iakovos Vasiliou

    3. The Meno David Ebrey

    4. The Gorgias Frisbee Sheffield

    5. The Hippias Major David C. Lee

    6. Is the Just Man a Bad Man? Hippias Minor and Republic I 331d–334b Roslyn Weiss

    7. The Phaedo: Structure and Meaning Lloyd P. Gerson

    8. The Cratylus David Meißner

    9. Reading Plato’s Republic: Defending Justice Jyl Gentzler

    10. The Phaedrus S. Glenn

    11. The Euthydemus Benoît Castelnérac

    12. Dialectic and the Discrimination of Kinds in the Sophist Fiona Leigh

    13. The Parmenides Samuel C. Rickless

    14. The Timaeus Luca Pitteloud

    15. Plato’s Seventh Letter Vasilis Politis

    Part 2: Themes from Plato

    16. The Platonic Socrates Terence Irwin

    17. Plato’s Questions and the Art of Questioning Angela Longo

    18. Plato on Essences and Forms Vasilis Politis

    19. Sense Perception and its Content Peter D. Larsen

    20. Plato on Language and Thought Deborah K. W. Modrak

    21. Truth, Music, and the “Measured” Mind Jan Szaif

    22. Plato on Pleasure and Pain Clerk Shaw

    23. Episteme Joseph Bjelde

    24. Plato on Friendship and Love Vasilis Politis

    25. The Benefits of Inquiring Jointly Toomas Lott and Pauliina Remes

    26. Law and its Functions Antony Hatzistavrou

    27. Humor, Comedy, and Irony in Plato Franco Trivigno

    Part 3: Plato’s Influences and Significance

    28. Plato’s Use of His Predecessors Nicolò Benzi

    29. Plato and Aristotle on the Nature of Reality Christopher Buckels

    30. The Development and Insights of Jewish Platonism Kenneth Seeskin

    31. Plato in the Renaissance Leo Catana

    32. Why Plato? A Defense of Platonism Against the Deflationary Metaphysics of Naturalism Philip Browne.



    Peter D. Larsen is Lecturer in the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin and in the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, Dublin City University, Ireland.

    Vasilis Politis is Professor in Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.