Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing
By (author) Christopher Rowe
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Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing by Christopher Rowe
Book DescriptionPlato's dialogues are usually understood as simple examples of philosophy in action. In this book Professor Rowe treats them rather as literary-philosophical artefacts, shaped by Plato's desire to persuade his readers to exchange their view of life and the universe for a different view which, from their present perspective, they will barely begin to comprehend. What emerges is a radically new Plato: a Socratic throughout, who even in the late dialogues is still essentially the Plato (and the Socrates) of the Apology and the so-called 'Socratic' dialogues. This book aims to understand Plato both as a philosopher and as a writer, on the assumption that neither of these aspects of the dialogues can be understood without the other. The argument of the book is closely based in Plato's text, but should be accessible to any serious reader of Plato, whether professional philosopher, classicist, or student.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521859325
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Christopher Rowe
CHRISTOPHER ROWE is Professor of Greek in the Department of Classics & Ancient History at Durham University.
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