David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Cambridge University Press (2012)
Plato's dialogues frequently criticize traditional Greek myth, yet Plato also integrates myth with his writing. Daniel S. Werner confronts this paradox through an in-depth analysis of the Phaedrus, Plato's most mythical dialogue. Werner argues that the myths of the Phaedrus serve several complex functions: they bring nonphilosophers into the philosophical life; they offer a starting point for philosophical inquiry; they unify the dialogue as a literary and dramatic whole; they draw attention to the limits of language and the limits of knowledge; and they allow Plato to co-opt cultural authority as a way of defining and legitimating the practice of philosophy. Platonic myth, as a species of traditional tale, is thus both distinct from philosophical dialectic and similar to it. Ultimately, the most powerful effect of Platonic myth is the way in which it leads readers to participate in Plato's dialogues and to engage in a process of self-examination
|Keywords||Rhetoric, Ancient Love PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$71.50 used (35% off) $102.41 new (7% off) $109.99 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
|Call number||B380.W47 2012|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
G. R. F. Ferrari (1987). Listening to the Cicadas: A Study of Plato's Phaedrus. Cambridge University Press.
Daniel Werner (2010). Rhetoric and Philosophy in Plato's Phaedrus. Greece and Rome 57 (1):21-46.
Plato (2009). Plato's Phaedrus. Agora Publications, Inc..
Daniel Werner (2007). Plato's Phaedrus and the Problem of Unity. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 32:91-137.
Franco Trabattoni (2012). Myth and Truth in Plato's Phaedrus. In Catherine Collobert, Pierre Destrée & Francisco J. Gonzalez (eds.), Plato and Myth: Studies on the Use and Status of Platonic Myths. Brill.
Seth Benardete (1991). The Rhetoric of Morality and Philosophy: Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus. University of Chicago Press.
Plato (ed.) (2011/2009). Phaedrus. Cambridge University Press.
Christopher Moore (2012). The Myth of Theuth in the Phaedrus. In Catherine Collobert, Pierre Destrée & Francisco J. Gonzalez (eds.), Plato and Myth: Studies on the Use and Status of Platonic Myths. Brill.
Kathryn A. Morgan (2000). Myth and Philosophy From the Presocratics to Plato. Cambridge University Press.
Plato (2009). Phaedrus. OUP Oxford.
Catherine Collobert, Pierre Destrée & Francisco J. Gonzalez (eds.) (2012). Plato and Myth: Studies on the Use and Status of Platonic Myths. Brill.
Andrea Wilson Nightingale (1995). Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
Daniel Werner (2012). Myth and the Structure of Plato's Euthyphro. International Philosophical Quarterly 52 (1):41-62.
Claude Calame (2012). The Pragmatics of "Myth" in Plato's Dialogues: The Story of Prometheus in the Protagoras. In Catherine Collobert, Pierre Destrée & Francisco J. Gonzalez (eds.), Plato and Myth: Studies on the Use and Status of Platonic Myths. Brill.
Joe McCoy (2004). The Appropriation of Myth and the Sayings of the Wise in Plato's Meno and Philebus. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78:169-178.
Added to index2011-11-24
Total downloads23 ( #86,996 of 1,679,470 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #39,577 of 1,679,470 )
How can I increase my downloads?