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Trials of Reason: Plato and the Crafting of Philosophy

David Wolfsdorf


Scholarship on Plato's dialogues persistently divides its focus between the dramatic or literary and the philosophical or argumentative dimensions of the texts. But this hermeneutic division of labor is naïve, for Plato's arguments are embedded in dramatic dialogues and developed through complex, largely informal exchanges between literary characters. Consequently, it is questionable how readers can even attribute arguments and theses to the author himself. The answer to this question lies in transcending the scholarly divide and integrating the literary and philosophical dimensions of the tex ... More

Keywords: Plato, early dialogues, metaphilosophy, interpretation, Socrates

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327328
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327328.001.0001


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David Wolfsdorf, author
Temple University
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