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Platonic Conversations

Mary Margaret McCabe


This book is a collection of chapters discussing a range of ancient philosophers, but focusing on the ways in which the Platonic method of conversation may inform how we understand both the Platonic dialogues and the work of his predecessors and successors. The centrality of conversation to philosophical method is taken here to account both for how we should read the ancients and for the connections between argument, knowledge, and virtue in the texts in question. The book argues that we should attend, consequently, on the reflective dimension of reading and thought. It contends that this refl ... More

Keywords: Plato, Aristotle, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Stoics, conversation, dialectic, intrinsic good, consequentialism, logical principle

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732884
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Margaret McCabe, author
King's College London

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