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Platonic Dialogue and the Education of the Reader

A. K. Cotton


This study examines the role that the reader’s dialogue with Plato’s texts can play within the philosophical project, exploring the familiar claim that the reader’s activity parallels the conversational dialogue of interlocutors within the texts. Part I argues that interlocutors act as a complex model for the reader, and suggests that the activity of readers is similar in kind and in value to theirs, in that it constitutes a form of learning. It explores in detail the experience of learning gone through by interlocutors which, it is suggested, is cognitive-affective in character, and argues th ... More

Keywords: reader, learning, interlocutor, corpus, plot, dialectic, characterization, structure, unity, myth, dialectical virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684052
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. K. Cotton, author
Classics Teacher at Magdalen College School, Oxford