Listening to the Cicadas
A Study of Plato's Phaedrus
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Listening to the Cicadas by G. R. F. Ferrari
Book DescriptionThis full-length study of Plato's dialogue Phaedrus, now in paperback, is written in the belief that such concerted scrutiny of a single dialogue is an important part of the project of understanding Plato so far as possible 'from the inside' - of gaining a feel for the man's philosophy. The focus of this account is on how the resources both of persuasive myth and of formal argument, for all that Plato sets them in strong contrast, nevertheless complement and reinforce each other in his philosophy. Not only is the dialogue in its formal structure a dovetail of myth and argument, but the philosophic life that it praises is also shaped by an acknowledgement of the limitations of argument and the importance of mythical understanding. By means of this correlation of form and content Plato invites his readers, through the very act of reading, to take a first step along the path of the philosophical life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521409322
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author G. R. F. Ferrari
Cambridge Companion to Plato's 'Republic', Hardback (June 2007)
This book provides a fresh and comprehensive account of the most frequently read work of Greek philosophy.
City and Soul in Plato's Republic, Paperback (October 2005)
Tracing a central theme of Plato's "Republic", the author reconsiders in this study the nature and purpose of the comparison between the structure of society and that of the individual soul. With clarity and insight, he conveys the relation between the city and the soul and the choice between tyranny and philosophy.
Plato: The Republic, Hardback (October 2000)» View all books by G. R. F. Ferrari
This book, first published in 2000 is a vivid and accurate rendition of Plato's classic work of political thought.
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