Journal of the History of Philosophy 60 (1):155-156 (2022)

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Colin C. Smith
Pennsylvania State University
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Plato’s Philebus is motivated by a question concerning the relationships among pleasure, wisdom, knowledge, and the good human life. Something of a philosophical tour de force, it also contains discussions of numerous important Platonic subjects like cosmic intelligence, distinctions among intellectual capacities, and the method of dialectical inquiry through division and collection. But the riches of the dialogue are obscured by its exceptional difficulty, a frequent grievance from commentators beginning at least with Galen. Plato’s Philebus: A Philosophical Discussion is an indispensable new contribution to our understanding of this important and challenging dialogue, containing a wealth of new...
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