The Oxford Handbook of Plato

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Gail Fine
Oxford Handbooks Online, Aug 13, 2008 - History - 604 pages
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The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and state-of-the-art survey of current thinking and research in a particular area. Specially commissioned essays from leading international figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.Plato is the best known, and continues to be the most widely studied, of all the ancient Greek philosophers. The twenty-one newly commissioned articles in the Oxford Handbook of Plato provide in-depth and up-to-date discussions of a variety of topics and dialogues. The result is a useful state-of-the-art reference to the man many consider the most important philosophical thinker in history.Each article is an original contribution from a leading scholar, and they all serve several functions at once: they survey the lay of the land; express and develop the authors' own views; and situate those views within a range of alternatives.This Handbook contains chapters on metaphysics, epistemology, love, language, ethics, politics, art and education. Individual chapters are are devoted to each of the following dialogues: the Republic, Parmenides, Theaetetus, Sophist, Timaeus, and Philebus. There are also chapters on Plato and the dialogue form; on Plato in his time and place; on the history of the Platonic corpus; on Aristotle's criticism of Plato, and on Plato and Platonism.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
2 Plato in His Time and Place
36
3 The Platonic Corpus
63
4 Platos Ways of Writing
88
5 The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Socrates
114
6 Socratic Ethics and Moral Psychology
139
7 Platos Epistemology
165
8 Platos Metaphysics
191
15 The Republic
360
16 The Parmenides
383
17 The Theaetetus
411
18 The Sophist on Statements Predication and Falsehood
437
19 The Timaeus on the Principles of Cosmology
463
20 The Philebus
484
21 Plato and Aristotle in the Academy
504
22 Plato and Platonism
526

9 Platos Philosophy of Language
217
10 Plato on the Soul
243
11 Platos Ethics
267
12 Plato on Love
286
13 Platos Politics
311
14 Plato on Education and Art
336

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Gail Fine is Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University and Senior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. She is the author of On Ideas (1993) and of Plato on Knowledge and Forms: Selected Essays (2003), and the editor of Plato 1: Metaphysics and Epistemology and of Plato 2: Ethics, Politics, Religion and the Soul (Oxford University Press 1999), both in the Oxford Readings in Philosophy series.

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