Grösserer Hippias, Volume 1; Volume 7 (Google eBook)

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Ernst Heitsch
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011 - History - 145 pages
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English summary: In this text a member of the Platonic Academy who is influenced by Plato's early dialogues fabricates a conversation that Socrates has with the renowned sophist Hippias from Elis about the question what beauty is. The author, who evidently could not have known Socrates or Hippias, is dependent in his work on information from Plato, thus giving us a first glimpse, on the one hand, into the Plato reception and, on the other hand, when he has his interlocutors discuss distributive and collective properties, into the intellectual life of the Academy. German description: Das Adjektiv grosser im Titel bezieht sich auf den Umfang, verglichen mit einem kleineren Dialog desselben Namens. Der unbekannte Autor wird Platon (427-347) und Aristoteles (384-322) noch gekannt haben und gewahrt uns mit seiner Schrift einen Blick in das Leben und den Unterrichtsbetrieb der fruhen Akademie. Sokrates und der renommierte Gelehrte Hippias aus Elis fuhren in der ersten Halfte des Dialogs ein Gesprach uber die Frage, was eigentlich das Schone sei: Hier orientiert sich der Autor fur den Gesprachsstil im Wesentlichen an den fruheren Dialogen Platons. Die zweite Halfte, vor allem mit den Ausfuhrungen uber distributive und kollektive Eigenschaften, spiegelt eher die Diskussionen uber Probleme, wie sie seinerzeit in der Akademie aktuell waren.
  

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Contents

Vorwort
7
Übersetzung
11
Kommentar
39
Gliederung des Textes und der Erläuterungen
41
Erläuterungen
42
Eine konkurrierende Interpretation des Textes 302b5303d10 von Franz von Kutschera
102
Appendizes
111
II Fingierte Autorität
125
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133
V Zum Text
136
Literaturverzeichnis
137
Register
141
2 Personennamen
143
3 Sachen
144
Back Cover
149
Copyright

III Sokrates und Typhoeus
131

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Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's stepfather. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

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