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Plato's Literary Garden: How to Read a Platonic Dialogue

Kenneth M. Sayre

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ISBN 10: 0268038082 / ISBN 13: 9780268038083
Published by University of Notre Dame Press, 1995
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Title: Plato's Literary Garden: How to Read a ...

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Plato's dialogues are universally acknowledged as standing among the masterworks of the Western philosophic tradition. What most readers do not know, however, is that Plato also authored a public letter in which he unequivocally denies ever having written a work of philosophy. If Plato did not view his written dialogues as works of philosophy, how did he conceive them, and how should readers view them? In Plato's Literary Garden, Kenneth M. Sayre brings over thirty years of Platonic scholarship to bear on these questions, arguing that Plato did not intend the dialogues to serve as repositories of philosophic doctrine, but instead composed them as teaching instruments.

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Kenneth M. Sayre is professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and the author of many books and articles, including Parmenides’ Lesson, also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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