The Philosopher in Plato's Statesman

Parmenides (1980)
In the Statesman , Plato brings together--only to challenge and displace--his own crowning contributions to philosophical method, political theory, and drama. In his 1980 study, reprinted here, Mitchell Miller employs literary theory and conceptual analysis to expose the philosophical, political, and pedagogical conflict that is the underlying context of the dialogue, revealing that its chaotic variety of movements is actually a carefully harmonized act of realizing the mean. The original study left one question outstanding: what specifically, in the metaphysical order of things, motivated the nameless Visitor from Elea to abandon bifurcation for his consummating non-bifurcatory division of fifteen kinds at the end of the dialogue? Miller addressed in a separate essay, first published in 1999 and reprinted here. In it, he opens the horizon of interpretation to include the new metaphysics of the Parmenides , the Philebus , and the "unwritten teachings." "This study demonstrates how the Statesman is the culminating expression of Plato's lifelong effort, both in Athens and in the Academy, to bring metaphysical insight to the unending political crisis of his times."The Philosopher in Plato's Statesman a trail-blazing work. While not every reader will agree with the lessons Miller himself draws from this approach, none should fail to be impressed by its interpretive power. All this is exciting stuff. The interpretive pathway on which Miller has embarked has the potential for changing the face of scholarship on the late Platonic dialogues. Parmenides [Publishing] is to be commended for making these two important contributions available under a single cover." -- Kenneth Sayre, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame "Miller casts considerable light on virtually every aspect of the dialogue. . . . All in all, this book is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the Statesman." -- Stanley Rosen, Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy, Boston University MITCHELL MILLER is Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College. He is the author of Plato's Parmenides.
Keywords Plato
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2004
Buy the book $12.13 used (95% off)   $26.33 new (25% off)   $35.00 direct from Amazon    Amazon page
Call number JC71.P314.M543 2004
ISBN(s) 9024722101   1930972164   9024722101
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 26,188
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Socrates Amidst the Academics?Jeffrey S. Turner - 1991 - Inquiry 34 (2):255 – 278.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Statesman. Plato - 1992 - Hackett Publishing Company.
Plato's Parmenides. [REVIEW]J. A. Towey - 1988 - American Journal of Philology 109:600-602.
The Laws of Plato. Plato - 1980 - University of Chicago Press.
Laws. Plato - 2006 - Dover Publications.
Technê and the Good in Plato's Statesman and Philebus.George Harvey - 2009 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (1):pp. 1-33.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

2 ( #757,832 of 2,153,836 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #398,274 of 2,153,836 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums