The Cambridge companion to Plato

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The Cambridge companion to Plato

edited by David Ebrey, Richard Kraut

(Cambridge companions to philosophy)(Cambridge companions)

Cambridge University Press, 2022

2nd ed

  • : hardback

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First ed.: 1992

Includes bibliographical references (p. 559-591) and indexes

Description and Table of Contents


The first edition of the Cambridge Companion to Plato (1992), edited by Richard Kraut, shaped scholarly research and guided new students for thirty years. This new edition introduces students to fresh approaches to Platonic dialogues while advancing the next generation of research. Of its seventeen chapters, nine are entirely new, written by a new generation of scholars. Six others have been thoroughly revised and updated by their original authors. The volume covers the full range of Plato's interests, including ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, religion, mathematics, and psychology. Plato's dialogues are approached as unified works and considered within their intellectual context, and the revised introduction suggests a way of reading the dialogues that attends to the differences between them while also tracing their interrelations. The result is a rich and wide-ranging volume which will be valuable for all students and scholars of Plato.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to the study of Plato David Ebrey and Richard Kraut
  • 2. Plato in his context T. H. Irwin
  • 3. Stylometry and chronology Leonard Brandwood
  • 4. Plato's Socrates and his conception of philosophy Eric Brown
  • 5. Being good at being bad: Plato's Hippias Minor Agnes Callard
  • 6. Inquiry in the Meno Gail Fine
  • 7. Why eros? Suzanne Obdrzalek
  • 8. Plato on philosophy and the mysteries Gabor Betegh
  • 9. The unfolding account of the forms in the Phaedo David Ebrey
  • 10. The defense of justice in Plato's republic Richard Kraut
  • 11. Plato on poetic creativity: A revision Elizabeth Asmis
  • 12. Betwixt and between: Plato on mathematical objects Henry Mendell
  • 13. Another good-bye to the third man Constance C. Meinwald
  • 14. Plato's Sophist on false statements Michael Frede
  • 15. Cosmology and human nature in the Timaeus Emily Fletcher
  • 16. The fourfold classification and Socrates' craft analogy in the Philebus Verity Harte
  • 17. Law in Plato's late politics Rachana Kamtekar and Rachel Singpurwalla.

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    • 9781108471190
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    Cambridge, U.K.
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