Conversation and Self-Sufficiency in Plato

Hardcover | May 11, 2013

byA. G. Long

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Plato's dialogues were part of a body of fourth-century literature in which Socrates questioned (and usually got the better of) friends, associates, and supposed experts. A. G. Long considers how Plato explained the conversational character of Socratic philosophy, and how Plato came to creditfirst Socrates and then, more generally, the philosopher with an alternative to conversation - internal dialogue or self-questioning. Conversation and self-sufficiency in Plato begins with a study of the Platonic dialogues where conversation and its advantages are discussed, and the aim of this study is to spell out precisely why, and for what purposes, Plato treats conversation as necessary or preferable. The book then traces theemergence of internal dialogue as an alternative to conversation. After his introduction of internal dialogue Plato uses dialogue form not only to explore the attractions of conversation but also to show what is possible without conversation, and in particular to show how a theory can be subjectedto a proper critique without the direct involvement of its proponent. Throughout the book Long explores Platonic discussions of conversation or unaccompanied thought in relation to the dialogical exchanges in which they are found.

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Plato's dialogues were part of a body of fourth-century literature in which Socrates questioned (and usually got the better of) friends, associates, and supposed experts. A. G. Long considers how Plato explained the conversational character of Socratic philosophy, and how Plato came to creditfirst Socrates and then, more generally, the...

A. G. Long is Lecturer in Classics at the University of St Andrews. He studied at King's College, Cambridge and was a Junior Research Fellow at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.7 inPublished:May 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199695350

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Introduction1. The advantages of conversation in the Phaedrus 2. Conversation and confirmation in the Protagoras3. Socrates' housemate in the Hippias Major4. Consolation and self-sufficiency in the Phaedo 5. Representing opponents in the Republic6. Internal dialogue in the Theaetetus and Sophist7. Foreign practices and perspectives in the LawsBibliographyIndex LocorumGeneral Index