Plato Journal

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    Self-Knowledge, Eros and Recollection in Plato's "Phaedrus".Athanasia Giasoumi - 2022 - Plato Journal 23:23-35.
    At the beginning of the Phaedrus, Socrates distinguishes between two kinds of people: those who are more complex, violent and hybristic than the monster Typhon, and those who are simpler, calmer and tamer. I argue that there are also two distinct types of Eros that correlate to Socrates’s two kinds of people. In the first case, lovers cannot attain recollection because their souls are disordered in the absence of self-knowledge. For the latter, the self-knowledge of self-disciplined lovers renders them capable (...)
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    [Platone], Assioco. Saggio introduttivo, edizione critica, traduzione e commento a cura di Andrea Beghini, (Diotima. Studies in Greek Philology, 4), Baden-Baden: Academia Verlag 2020. Pp. 395. [REVIEW]Laura Marongiu - 2022 - Plato Journal 23:123-126.
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  3. Causes in Plato’s Phaedo.Michael Wiitala - 2022 - Plato Journal 23:37-50.
    As Socrates recounts his search for causes (aitiai) in the Phaedo, he identifies the following as genuine causes: intelligence (nous), seeming best, choice of the best, and the forms. I argue that these causes should be understood as norms prescribing the conditions their effects must meet if those effects are to be produced. Thus, my account both explains what Socrates’ causes are and the way in which they cause what they cause.
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    The Eleatic Stranger in Sophist Dialogue.Lucas Alvarez - 2022 - Plato Journal 23:7-21.
    Within the framework of the discussion about the existence of a spokesman in the Platonic dialogues, we look, in the first part, into the possible transfer of this spokesman’s function from Socrates to the Eleatic Stranger, identifying the contact and divergence points between both characters. In the second part, we try to show that this transfer has a dramatic staging at the beginning of the Sophist dialogue, where Socrates makes a demand that enables the Stranger to demonstrate his genuine philosophical (...)
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    Altman, W. (2020) Ascent to the Beautiful: Plato the Teacher and the Pre-Republic Dialogues From Protagoras to Symposium. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2020. [REVIEW]Maicon Reus Engler - 2022 - Plato Journal 23:117-122.
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    Socrates’ Defence of Justice in the Republic.Manlio Fossati - 2022 - Plato Journal 23:51-65.
    This paper argues that the dialogical dynamic gives important information on the importance of, and the hierarchy between, the reasons illustrated in favour of justice in Plato’s Republic. Despite his interlocutors’ request to focus exclusively on the effect of justice in and by itself, Socrates indicates that the description of the consequences of justice included in Book 10 is an integral part of his defence, and that some of these consequences, the rewards assigned by the gods in the afterlife, are (...)
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    Meddling in the Work of Another.Brennan McDavid - 2022 - Plato Journal 23:95-107.
    The second conjunct of the Republic’s account of justice—that justice is “not meddling in the work of another”—has been neglected in Plato literature. This paper argues that the conjunct does more work than merely reiterating the content of the first conjunct—that justice is “doing one’s own work.” I argue that Socrates develops the concept at work in this conjunct from its introduction with the Principle of Specialization in Book II to its final deployment in the finished conception of justice in (...)
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    Plato, Isocrates and Epistolary Literature.Noburu Notomi - 2022 - Plato Journal 23:67-79.
    Working against the recent arguments against Plato’s authorship of the Seventh Letter in the Anglophone scholarship, this paper demonstrates the historical possibility that Plato wrote his letters for philosophical purposes, most likely in competition with Isocrates, who skilfully used the literary genre of letters for his rhetorical and philosophical purposes. Because Isocrates and Plato experimented with various writing styles in response to each other, letters and autobiographies may well have been their common devices. The paper concludes that we should respect (...)
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    L. Candiotto – O. Renaut (Eds.), Emotions in Plato, Leiden-Boston, Brill 2020.Livio Rossetti - 2022 - Plato Journal 23:111-115.
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    Ἀνα Τὸν Αὐτὸν Λόγον.Bernard Suzanne - 2022 - Plato Journal 23:81-94.
    Answering articles by Smith and Matoso about the Divided Line, I argue that the problems Smith raised and Matoso pretended to solve don’t exist in a proper reading of the analogy and the ensuing allegory of the cave in light of one another and stem from a misunderstanding of the expression ἀνα τὸν αὺτον λόγον at Rep. VI, 509d7: the λόγος to be used to split both segments is not the one used to split the line in the first place, (...)
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