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  1. The (Meta)Politics of Thinking: On Arendt and the Greeks.Jussi Backman - 2021 - In Kristian Larsen & Pål Rykkja Gilbert (eds.), Phenomenological Interpretations of Ancient Philosophy. Brill. pp. 260-282.
    In this chapter, Jussi Backman approaches Hannah Arendt’s readings of ancient philosophy by setting out from her perspective on the intellectual, political, and moral crisis characterizing Western societies in the twentieth century, a crisis to which the rise of totalitarianism bears witness. To Arendt, the political catastrophes haunting the twentieth century have roots in a tradition of political philosophy reaching back to the Greek beginnings of philosophy. Two principal features of Arendt’s exchange with the ancients are highlighted. The first is (...)
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  2. Division and Proto-Racialism in the Statesman.John Proios - forthcoming - In misReading Plato.
    In Plato’s Statesman, the Eleatic Stranger applies a specialized method of inquiry—the “method of collection and division”, or “method of division”—in order to discover the nature of statecraft. This paper articulates some consequences of the fact that the method is both a tool for identifying natural kinds—that is, a tool for “carving the world by its joints” (Phaedrus 265b-d)—and social kinds—that is, the kinds depending on human beings for their existence and explanation. A central goal of the paper is to (...)
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  3. Theory of Forms: The Construction of Plato and Aristotle’s Criticism.Abduljaleel Alwali - 2002 - Amman, Jordan: Dar Al-Warraq.
    The book "Theory of Forms: The Construction of Plato and Aristotle’s Criticism" focuses on two main aspects, construction and criticism. The constriction of Forms theory is the basis on which Plato built all of his philosophy and which influenced all forms of ideas philosophy that emerged after Plato. The research topic was completed by adding Aristotle's critique of the theory of Forms in order to put a clear picture in front of the reader, which was presented by Plato himself and (...)
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  4. Parrhēsia and Statesmanship in Plato’s Gorgias.Jeremy Bell - 2021 - Ancient Philosophy 41 (1):63-82.
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  5. Plato's Phaedrus After Descartes' Passions: Reviving Reason's Political Force.Joshua M. Hall - 2018 - Lo Sguardo. Rivista di Filosofia 27:75-93.
    For this special issue, dedicated to the historical break in what one might call ‘the politics of feeling’ between ancient ‘passions’ (in the ‘soul’) and modern ‘emotions’ (in the ‘mind’), I will suggest that the pivotal difference might be located instead between ancient and modern conceptions of the passions. Through new interpretations of two exemplars of these conceptions, Plato’s Phaedrus and Descartes’ Passions of the Soul, I will suggest that our politics today need to return to what I term Plato’s (...)
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  6. Poetic Justice. Rereading Plato’s Republic, Written by Jill Frank.Anne-Marie Schultz - 2021 - Polis 38 (1):148-152.
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  7. Rewriting Contemporary Political Philosophy with Plato and Aristotle: An Essay on Eudaimonic Politics, Written by Paul Schollmeier.Jonny Thakkar - 2021 - Polis 38 (1):157-161.
  8. Les mules du Parthénon et la liberté en démocratie. Note sur la République de Platon VIII, 563c7-d1.David Lévystone - 2020 - L'Antiquité Classiqué 80:177-184.
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  9. Politics of the Idea: (Anti-)Platonic Politics in Arendt and Badiou.Jussi Backman - 2020 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 12 (3):168-181.
    This paper compares two influential but conflicting contemporary models of politics as an activity: those of Hannah Arendt and Alain Badiou. It discovers the fundamental difference between their approaches to politics in their opposing evaluations of the contemporary political significance of the legacy of Plato, Platonism, and the Platonic Idea. Karl Popper’s and Arendt’s analyses of the inherently ideological nature of totalitarianism are contrasted with Badiou’s vindication of an ideological “politics of the Idea.” Arendt and Badiou are shown to share (...)
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  10. Platon, Oeuvres Completes XI: Les Lois.L. A. Post & Edouard des Places - 1954 - American Journal of Philology 75 (2):201.
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  11. La philosophie politique de Platon dans les Lois.Glenn R. Morrow & Maurice Vanhoutte - 1955 - American Journal of Philology 76 (4):425.
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  12. Plato's Cretan City: A Historical Interpretation of the Laws.James H. Oliver & Glenn R. Morrow - 1962 - American Journal of Philology 83 (4):447.
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  13. On the Tribal Courts in Plato's Laws.Glenn R. Morrow - 1941 - American Journal of Philology 62 (3):314.
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  14. Plato's Law of Slavery in Its Relation to Greek Law.Stanley B. Smith & Glenn R. Morrow - 1942 - American Journal of Philology 63 (3):365.
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  15. Why Socrates’ Legs Didn’T Run Off to Megara.Ellisif Wasmuth - 2020 - Phronesis 65 (4):380-413.
    I argue that the arguments presented in Socrates’ dialogue with the personified Laws of the Crito are arguments Socrates endorses and relies upon when deciding to remain in prison. They do not, however, entail blind obedience to every court verdict, nor do they provide necessary and sufficient conditions for resolving every dilemma of civil disobedience. Indeed, lacking definitional knowledge of justice, we should not expect Socrates to be able to offer such conditions. Instead, the Laws present an argument that is (...)
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  16. State Typohumanism and its Role in the Rise of Völkisch-Racism: Paideía and Humanitas at Issue in Jaeger’s and Krieck’s ‘Political Plato’.Facundo Norberto Bey - 2020 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 2020:1-11.
    The aim of this article is to provide a philosophical conceptual framework to understand the theoretical roots and political implications of the interpretations of Plato’s work in Jaeger’s Third Humanism and Krieck’s völkisch-racist pedagogy and anthropology. This article will seek to characterize, as figures of localitas, their conceptions of the individual, community, corporeality, identity, and the State that both authors developed departing from Platonic political philosophy. My main hypothesis is that Jaeger’s and Krieck’s interpretations of Platonic paideía shared several core-elements (...)
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  17. Review of Rudolph (1996): Polis und Kosmos. Naturphilosophie und politische Philosophie bei Platon. [REVIEW]Annette Sell - 1998 - Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch Fur Antike Und Mittelalter 3 (1):234-237.
  18. The Art of Politics as Weaving in Plato’s Statesman.Kristin Sampson - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):485-500.
    This article asserts the significance of the portrayal of the political art of statesmanship as weaving, and aims to show how this image emphasizes two main aspects of the political art of statesmanship. Firstly, the image implies a three-dimensionality, both through the process of weaving and through the thickness of the protective fabric this produces, that in turn indicates the vital aspect of corporeality in politics. Secondly, weaving as a paradigmatic example of the art of statesmanship presents a way of (...)
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  19. Polis and Cosmos in Plato’s Laws.Ryan Balot - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):516-533.
    Recent scholarship has followed Glenn Morrow in seeking to understand Plato’s politics in light of his cosmology. This essay takes a different tack and interprets the theology and cosmology of the Laws as an outgrowth of the Athenian Stranger’s conversation with Kleinias, which focuses on politics and warfare. In that sense the arguments of Book 10 are closely tied to the context of the dialogue. The Athenian Stranger’s religious ideology is not designed to be permanent or universally applicable. Rather, it (...)
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  20. Sign of the Times: The Rise and Fall of Politics in Plato’s Statesman.Charlotta Weigelt - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):501-515.
    This article argues that the Statesman should be read as a historically informed reflection on the nature and possibility of political rule, and that it presents us with a dilemma precisely in this regard. On the one hand, as indicated by the famous myth on the evolution of the cosmos, politics is only possible today, in the age of Zeus, when man no longer is like a sheep, ruled by a caring herdsman, as he used to be in the age (...)
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  21. The Offices of Magnesia.Jeremy Reid - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):567-589.
    In this article, I attempt to provide a complete and exhaustive list of all of the offices and major political roles proposed within the constitution of Magnesia, detailing the title of the office, number of offices, method of appointment, age or gender restrictions, length of term, and explicit responsibilities assigned to that office. This tabulation is intended to be useful for new readers of the Laws and to scholars of various methodological approaches interested in the political arrangements of Magnesia.
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  22. Plato’s Statesman and Laws: Theory, Context, and Method.Ryan Balot & Hallvard Fossheim - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):387-394.
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  23. Herdsmen and Stargazers: The Science of Philosophy in Plato’s Statesman.Olof Pettersson - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):534-549.
    Together with the Sophist, Plato’s Statesman is often taken to introduce and develop a new scientific form of theoretical inquiry, represented by the Eleatic visitor. This paper draws on recent scholarship on the Sophist and evaluates the reliability of this scientific approach when applied to political matters in the Statesman. It analyzes how the Eleatic visitor identifies and tries to mend two central mistakes in his own initial definition of the statesman and argues that the visitor’s treatment of three related (...)
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  24. An Origin for Political Culture’: Laws 3 as Political Thought and Intellectual History.Carol Atack - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):468-484.
    Plato’s survey in Laws book 3 of the development of human society from its earliest stages to the complex institutions of democratic Athens and monarchical Persia operates both as a conjectural history of human life and as a critical engagement with Greek political thought. The examples Plato uses to illustrate the stages of his stadial account, such as the society of the Cyclops and the myths of Spartan prehistory, are those used by other political theorists and philosophers, in some cases (...)
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  25. Politics as Architectonic Expertise? Against Taking the So-Called ‘Architect’ (Ἀρχιτέκτων) in Plato’s Statesman to Prefigure This Aristotelian View.Melissa Lane - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):449-467.
    This article rejects the claim made by other scholars that Plato in the Statesman, by employing the so-called ‘architect’ in one of the early divisions leading to the definition of political expertise, prefigured and anticipated the architectonic conception of political expertise advanced by Aristotle. It argues for an alternative reading in which Plato in the Statesman, and in the only other of his works in which the word appears, closely tracks the existing social role of the architektōn, who was designated (...)
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  26. Le Gouvernement de L’Homme Royal Dans le Politique : Une Utopie Assumée.Anne Balansard - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):421-434.
    The object of this article, which analyses Statesman 291a1-303d3, is to show how the good, the object of politics qua knowledge, makes the regime with which it is associated a utopia. The good cannot be actualized anywhere in the sensible realm, because no city can be governed without laws, and the laws define what is good most often for the greatest number. A government of the good, without laws, is a utopia, but the laws, to the extent that they aim (...)
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  27. The Number of Rulers in Plato’s Statesman.Hallvard Fossheim - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):435-448.
    This essay poses the question of how many rulers are envisaged in Plato’s Statesman. After pointing out that this is a crucial question for issues concerning non-ideal as well as ideal approaches to political rule, the essay focuses on three relevant aspects of rule in the Statesman: the notion of kingly rule, the limitations posed by human nature, and the importance of self-rule. It is shown how each of these dimensions of Plato’s discussion demonstrates the complexity of the question. Particular (...)
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  28. Plato’s Political Writings: A Utopia?Luc Brisson - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):399-420.
    Thomas More’s 1516 Utopia describes a ‘fictitious’ republic on an imaginary island, and draws heavily on ancient political ideas. This paper explores the difficulties of applying the term ‘utopia’ to Plato’s political thinking, given that More’s term is anachronistically applied to ancient texts. The projects of the Republic and Laws should not be interpreted as ‘utopian’, but as blueprints for a foundation such as a new city, rather than as imagined ideal cities after More’s model. Support for Plato’s practical involvement (...)
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  29. Plato’s Trial of Athens, by Mark A. Ralkowski.William J. Prior - 2020 - Ancient Philosophy 40 (2):481-485.
  30. Mirar Y escuchar en la ciudad: Aspectos políticos de la visión Y la audición en república VIII Y IX.Maria Cecilia Fernández Rivero - 2017 - Argos 40 (2):26-46.
    La concepción platónica de las experiencias visual y auditiva en un doble nivel repercute en su propuesta educativa y política, expresada, entre otros diálogos, en República. Un estudio filológico de estos campos semánticos en el Libro VIII e inicio del Libro IX de República permite postular que, para el ateniense, los cambios en las formas de la polis están ligados a cambios en los modos de ver y oír humanos. Así, el desplazamiento puede producirse desde una mirada y audición profundas (...)
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  31. Ordinary Language, Cephalus and a Deflationary Account of the Forms.Joshua Anderson - 2020 - Humanities Bulletin 3 (1):17-29.
    In this article I seek to come to some understanding of the interlocutors in the first book of Plato’s Republic, particularly Cephalus. A more complete view of Cephalus not only provides some interesting ways to think about Plato and the Republic, but also suggests an interesting alternative to Plato’s view of justice. The article will progress as follows: First, I discuss Plato’s allegory of the cave. I, then, critique the cave allegory by applying the same kind of reasoning that O. (...)
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  32. Plato as Critical Theorist, Written by Jonny Thakkar.Carol Atack - 2020 - Polis 37 (1):210-212.
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  33. Paideía y utopía en la crítica de Hans-Georg Gadamer al Platón de Julius Stenzel y Kurt Singer.Facundo Bey - 2020 - In Yanina Benitez (ed.), Intersecciones. Reelaboraciones de la filosofía contemporánea y la estética filosófica. Porto:
    In this chapter, I analyze how Gadamer criticizes in his review "Die neue-Platoforschung" [1933] both Stenzel's and Singer's reading of the "political Plato" through his own interpretations of the concepts of paideía and utopia. This Gadamer's early insight is a seminal exercise for his later theoretical developments in texts like Plato und die Dichter [1934] and Platos Staat der Erziehung [1942].// How to cite this item: Bey, Facundo. (2020). “Paideía y utopía en la crítica de Hans-Georg Gadamer al Platón de (...)
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  34. Justice and the Supposed Fallacy of Irrelevance in Plato’s Republic.Sean Skedzielewski - 2020 - Polis 37 (2):317-337.
    Previous commentators on Plato’s Republic have relied on mistaken assumptions about the requirements for Plato’s theory of justice: that Plato establishes a bi-conditional between proper psychic rule and the performance of conventionally just acts. They believe that if Plato does not establish this bi-conditional, then his theory of justice as a virtue will succumb to the fallacy of irrelevance. I claim Plato need not meet that requirement. A novel interpretation of the arguments of Book IV concerning justice in the soul (...)
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  35. Plato on Recognition of Political Leaders: The Importance of Mirrored Character Traits.Leo Catana - 2020 - Polis 37 (2):265-289.
    This article argues for two inter-related theses keyed to Plato’s Gorgias. Callicles does not represent a constitutional form, but political participation itself, characterised by ambition, competition among political candidates, and the psychological and ethical mechanisms entailed in the process of gaining political recognition. According to Socrates’s understanding, the political leader’s mirroring and internalisation of dominant character traits, held amongst those individuals transferring power, is decisive to the approval bestowed upon the political leader in question. This reading supplements that of Ober, (...)
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  36. Becoming Socrates: Political Philosophy in Plato’s Parmenides, Written by Priou, Alex.Eric Sanday - 2020 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 14 (1):65-68.
  37. Thick Concepts and Moral Revisionism in Plato’s Gorgias: Arguing About Something There Can Be No Argument About.Philipp Brüllmann - 2019 - Phronesis 65 (2):153-178.
    David Furley has suggested that we think of Callicles’ immoralism as attacking a thick concept. I take up this suggestion and apply it to the argument of Plato’s Gorgias more generally. I show that the discussion between Socrates, Gorgias and Polus, which prepares the ground for Callicles, is precisely addressing the thickness of the concept of justice: it reveals that this concept is both descriptive and evaluative and that formulating a revisionist position about justice is therefore extremely difficult. Callicles’ strategy (...)
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  38. A Wolf in the City: Tyranny and the Tyrant in Plato's Republic. [REVIEW]Jason W. Carter - 2020 - Philosophical Quarterly 70 (279):419-421.
    In this dense, intelligent, but often frustrating work, Cinzia Arruzza argues that Plato's depiction of tyranny and the character of the tyrant in the Republic is best interpreted as, ‘an intervention in a debate concerning the transformed relation between political leaders and demos in Athenian democracy’ (p. 9) in the last decades of the fifth century BCE. Her central claim is that Plato's critique of tyranny in the Republic was aimed at showing that this particular historical form of Athenian democracy, (...)
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  39. El debate sobre Plato und die Dichter y su inscripción en el contexto de Alemania Nacional-Socialista: una discusión con lecturas de la teoría política.Facundo Bey - 2019 - Ekstasis: Revista de Hermenéutica y Fenomenologí 8 (1):138-163.
    Hans-Georg Gadamer, en su conferencia Plato und die Dichter (1934), desarrolló una investigación fenomenológica excepcional de filosofía ético-política de Platón y del lugar que el arte ocupa en ella. En mediados de la década de 1990, la escritora mexicana Teresa Orozco publicó una serie de escritos en los cuales acusa a Gadamer de haberse colocado, a través de la exhibición y publicación de este trabajo, a servicio del nacional-socialismo. Este artículo busca discutir los argumentos presentados por Orozco y otros autores, (...)
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  40. Plato as Critical Theorist. By Jonny Thakkar. [REVIEW]Cinzia Arruzza - 2020 - Ancient Philosophy 40 (1):217-221.
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  41. Becoming Socrates, by Alex Priou. [REVIEW]Joe Cimakasky - 2019 - Ancient Philosophy 39 (2):473-477.
  42. Why Liberalism Failed. By Patrick J. Deneen. Pp. Xxxi, 225, New Haven/London, Yale University Press, 2018, $13.07.Patrick Madigan - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (1):195-196.
  43. Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading. By Christopher P. Long. Pp. Xxi, 205, Cambridge University Press, 2014, £60.00/$90.00. [REVIEW]Robin Waterfield - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (1):142-142.
  44. Democracy, Equality and Justice in Ancient Greece: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives. Edited by Georgios Anagnostopoulos and Gerasimos Santas. Pp. Xv, 316, Springer, 2018, $139.99/€117.69. [REVIEW]Robin Waterfield - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (1):145-146.
  45. Plato’s Pragmatic Project: A Reading of Plato’s Laws, Written by Myrthe L. Bartels.Richard Stalley - 2019 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 13 (2):193-196.
  46. The Quarrel Between Sophistry and Philosophy.Jens Kristian Larsen - 2011 - Dissertation, University of Copenhagen
    This study presents a full-length interpretation of two Platonic dialogues, the Theaetetus and the Sophist. The reading pursues a dramatic motif which I believe runs through these dialogues, namely the confrontation of Socratic philosophy, as it is understood by Plato, with the practise of sophistry. I shall argue that a major point for Plato in these two dialogues is to examine and defend his own Socratic or dialectical understanding of philosophy against the sophistic claim that false opinions and statements are (...)
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  47. Pagan Politics, War, and the Construction of Nomoi.Gene Fendt - 1997 - In Konstantin Boudouris (ed.), Plato's Political Philosophy, Vol. 2. Athens, Greece: pp. 58-71.
    The problem Plato sounds from the first lines of LAWS, his final dialogue, might be put in Jean-François Lyotard's term: it is the problem of the differend. Lyotard's position is briefly explained, shown to be applicable to the discussion in several ways (not the least of which is the three different gods appealed to as sources of the laws). We then see how Plato makes a chorus of the differend, resolving Lyotard's modern problem.
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  48. D.L. DUSENBURY Platonic Legislations: An Essay on Legal Critique in Ancient Greece. Cham: Springer, 2017. Pp. Xxiv + 116. €57.19. 9783319598420. [REVIEW]V. Bradley Lewis - forthcoming - Journal of Hellenic Studies:1-2.
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  49. Plato on the Incompatibility of Wealth and Justice: The Property Arrangements in the Republic.Anna Schriefl - 2018 - History of Political Thought 39 (2):193-215.
    The property arrangements of the Republic are often linked to Plato's biographical and historical background, especially to his alleged aristocratic prejudices against moneymaking. Contrary to this, I argue that they are based on one of his central philosophical theories, i.e. on his conception of justice. According to Plato, justice involves the control of appetitive desires. Among these appetitive desires, the desire for money stands out for the following reasons given in the text: it is part of human appetite 'by nature', (...)
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  50. PLATO ON SOCRATES. Ralkowski Plato's Trial of Athens. Pp. X + 234. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. Cased, £85, US$114. ISBN: 978-1-4742-2724-7. [REVIEW]Claudia Marsico - forthcoming - The Classical Review:1-3.
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