Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy by Andrea Wilson NightingaleGenres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy by Andrea Wilson Nightingale

Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy

byAndrea Wilson Nightingale

Hardcover | January 26, 1996

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In this very original study, the author investigates how Plato "invented" the discipline of philosophy. In order to define and legitimize philosophy, Dr. Nightingale maintains, Plato had to match it against genres of discourse that had authority and currency in democratic Athens. By incorporating traditional genres of poetry and rhetoric into his dialogues, Plato marks the boundaries of philosophy as a discursive and as a social practice.
Title:Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of PhilosophyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:January 26, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052148264X

ISBN - 13:9780521482646

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and texts; Introduction; 1. Plato, Isocrates and the property of philosophy; 2. Use and abuse of Athenian tragedy; 3. Eulogy, irony, parody; 4. Alien and authentic discourse; 5. Philosophy and comedy; Conclusion; Bibliography; General index; Index of passages from Plato.

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This book takes as its starting point Plato's incorporation of specific genres of poetry and rhetoric into his dialogues.

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"The merits of Nightingale's book are considerable. It deals with many questions of language and discourse that are dear to postmodernists, but it treats them with clarity which an analytic philosopher will appreciate." Joseph A. Novak, Review of Metaphysics