The Oxford Handbook of Plato

The Oxford Handbook of Plato

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Plato is the best known, and continues to be the most widely studied, of all the ancient Greek philosophers. The twenty-one commissioned articles in The Oxford Handbook of Plato provide in-depth and up-to-date discussions of a variety of topics and dialogues. The result is a useful state-of-the-art reference to the man many consider the most important philosophical thinker in history.

Each article is an original contribution from a leading scholar, and they all serve several functions at once: they survey the lay of the land; express and develop the authors' own views; and situate those views within a range of alternatives.

This Handbook contains chapters on metaphysics, epistemology, love, language, ethics, politics, art and education. Individual chapters are devoted to each of the following dialogues: the Republic, Parmenides, Theaetetus, Sophist, Timaeus, and Philebus. There are also chapters on Plato and the dialogue form; on Plato in his time and place; on the history of the Platonic corpus; on Aristotle's criticism of Plato, and on Plato and Platonism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 618 pages
  • 171 x 245 x 33mm | 989g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0199769192
  • 9780199769193
  • 1,142,897

Table of contents

Introduction ; Plato in His Time and Place ; The Platonic Corpus ; Plato's Ways of Writing: Representation and Reflection ; The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Socrates ; Socratic Ethics and Moral Psychology ; Plato's Epistemology ; Plato's Metaphysics ; Plato's Philosophy of Language ; Plato on the Soul ; Plato's Ethics ; Plato on Love ; Plato's Politics ; Plato on Education and Art ; The Republic ; The Parmenides ; The Theaetetus ; The Sophist: How Plato Poses and Solves Two Problems about Statements ; The Timaeus and the Principles of Cosmology ; The Philebus ; Plato and Aristotle in the Academy: An Aristotelian Criticism of Platonic Forms ; Plato and Platonism ; Bibliography
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The volume's greatest strength is its evenness: with few exceptions, the articles are pitched at the same level as one another, rendering the pieces equally accessible to their audience. Another strength is its thoroughness: it appears to leave no real topical stone unturned in its efforts to acquaint the reader with Plato and Platonic scholarship. * Philosophy in Review *
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About Gail Fine

Gail Fine is Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University and Senior research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. She is the author of On Ideas and Plato on Knowledge and Forms: Selected Essays, and the editor of Plato 1: Metaphysics and Epistemology and of Plato 2: Ethics, Politics, Religion and the Soul, both in the Oxford Readings in Philosophy series.
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