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Plato and the Socratic Dialogue


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1. Sokratikoi logoi: the literary and intellectual background of Plato's work; 2. The interpretation of Plato; 3. Socrates; 4. Plato as a minor Socratic: Ion and Hippias Minor; 5. Gorgias: Plato's manifesto for philosophy; 6. The priority of definition: from Laches to Meno; 7. Charmides and the search for beneficial knowledge; 8. Protagoras: virtue as knowledge; 9. The object of love; 10. The emergence of dialectic; 11. The presentation of the Forms; 12. Phaedrus and the limits of writing; Appendix; Bibliography.

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This book offers a new interpretation of Plato's early and middle dialogues as the expression of a unified philosophical vision.


'... Kahn's writing is attractively lucid ... this will become an important reference-point in Platonic studies.' JACT Review ' ... Kahn's extremely rich account of Plato and his work ... an important book, one of which all those interested in Plato will want to form an opinion'. New York Review of Books

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