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Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing

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Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing by Christopher Rowe
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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.

Author Biography

CHRISTOPHER ROWE is Professor of Greek in the Department of Classics & Ancient History at Durham University.
Release date Australia
February 11th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
304
Dimensions
152x229x17
ISBN-13
9780521131261
Product ID
4048926

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