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Plato’s Rivalry with Medicine: A Struggle and Its Dissolution

Susan B. Levin


Scholars typically view Plato’s engagement with medicine as uniform and largely positive; this book shows, however, that his handling of medicine unfolds in several key phases and that he views it as an important rival for authority on phusis (nature) and eudaimonia (flourishing). The book’s arguments rest on careful attention both to Plato and to the Hippocratic Corpus. Although Plato’s rivalries with rhetoric and poetry have received much attention, that with medicine has largely escaped notice. An evident but unexpressed tension involving medicine’s status that emerges in the Gorgias is exp ... More

Keywords: Plato, medicine, bioethics, political thought, doctor-patient tie, medical professionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199919802
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan B. Levin, author
Smith College