New Perspectives on Plato, Modern and Ancient (Center for Hellenic Studies Colloquia)

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Plato's unusual combination of argumentative and creative talents complicates any interpretative approach to his work, as does his choice of Socrates as a major figure. In recent years, scholars have looked more closely at the philosophical importance of the imaginative and literary aspects of Plato's writing, and have begun to appreciate the methods of the ancient philosophers and commentators who studied Plato and their attitudes to Plato's appropriation of Socrates.

This study brings together leading philosophical and literary scholars who investigate these new-old approaches and their significance in distancing us from the standard ways of reading Plato. Confronting the standard modern readings more directly, this work attempts to present the outcomes of these investigations to readers in a way that will encourage further exploration and innovative engagement.

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About the Author:

Julia Annas is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.

Christopher J. Rowe is Professor of Greek at the University of Durham (UK).

David Blank is Professor of Classics at University of California, Los Angeles.

Dorothea Frede is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Christopher Gill is Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter.

Charles L. Griswold, Jr., is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University.

Brad Inwood is Professor of Classics at the University of Toronto.

Kathryn Morgan is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Richard Rutherford is Tutor in Greek and Latin Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, and University Lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature.

Review:

For those wanting an overview of contemporary Anglophone debate on how to approach Plato, this is the place to come...New Perspectives on Plato is an indispensable guide, complete with useful bibliographies and index. (Angela Hobbs Hermathena 2005-12-01)

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