The Platonic Art of Philosophy 

George Boys-Stones (dir), New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013


This is a collection of essays written by leading experts in honour of Christopher Rowe, and inspired by his groundbreaking work in the exegesis of Plato. The authors represent scholarly traditions which are sometimes very different in their approaches and interests, and so rarely brought into dialogue with each other. This volume, by contrast, aims to explore synergies between them. Key topics include: the literary unity of Plato’s works; the presence and role of his contemporaries in his dialogues; the function of myth (especially the Atlantis myth); Plato’s Socratic heritage, especially as played out in his discussions of psychology; and his views of truth and being. Prominent among the dialogues discussed are Euthydemus, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Republic, Theaetetus, Timaeus, Sophist and Laws.

(Text from the publisher)

Table of contents

Introduction George Boys-Stones

  1. Macrology and digression – Monique Dixsaut
  2. Two conceptions of the body in Plato’s Phaedrus – María Angélica Fierro
  3. Socrates in the Phaedo – Noburu Notomi
  4. Socratic intellectualism in the Republic’s central digression – David Sedley
  5. Timaeus in the cave – Thomas Johansen
  6. Reflective commentary (1): ‘Socratic’ psychology in the Republic – Christopher Gill
  7. Reflective commentary (2): appearance, reality and the desire for the good – Dimitri El Murr
  8. Waving or drowning? Socrates and the sophists on self-knowledge in the Euthydemus – M. M. McCabe
  9. Why was the Theaetetus written by Euclides? – Michel Narcy
  10. The wooden horse: the Cyrenaics in the Theaetetus – Ugo Zilioli
  11. The wax tablet, logic and Protagoreanism – Terry Penner
  12. A form that ‘is’ of what ‘is not’: existential einai in Plato’s Sophist – Denis O’Brien
  13. Truth and story in the Timaeus-Critias – Sarah Broadie
  14. The Atlantis-poem in the Timaeus-Critias – Mauro Tulli
  15. Friendship and justice in the Laws – Malcolm Schofield.


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