Trials of reason [electronic resource] : Plato and the crafting of philosophy / David Wolfsdorf.
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.
1 online resource (296 p.)
- Electronic books.
- Plato's arguments are developed through complex exchanges between literary characters. Consequently, it is questionable that theses can be attributed to the author himself. Wolfsdorf has it that the answer to this dilema lies in transcending the divide and integrating the literary and philosophical dimensions of the texts.
The political culture of Plato's early dialogues
Character and history
The mouthpiece principle
Forms of evidence
Socrates and eros
The subjectivist conception of desire
Instrumental and terminal desire
Rational and irrational desires
Desire in the critique of Akrasia
The deficiency conception of desire
Excellence as wisdom
The epistemic unity of excellence
Dunamis and technê
Goodness and form
The epistemological priority of definitional knowledge
Ordinary ethical knowledge
The Socratic fallacy
Socrates' pursuit of definitions
The geometrical illustration
The method of reasoning from a postulate
Elenchus and hupothesis
Knowledge and aitia
Forms of aporia
The example of Charmides
Charmides as autobiography
The politics of Sôphrosunê
Self-knowledge and the knowledge of knowledge
Knowledge of knowledge and knowledge of the good
Philosophy and the polis.
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-275) and indexes.
Description based on print version record.
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