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Myth and philosophy in Plato's Phaedrus
Daniel S. Werner

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Myth and philosophy in Plato's Phaedrus
Daniel S. Werner

Published 2012 by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"Plato's dialogues frequently criticize traditional Greek myth, yet Plato also integrates myth with his writing. Daniel S. Werner confronts this paradox through an in-depth analysis of the Phaedrus, Plato's most mythical dialogue. Werner argues that the myths of the Phaedrus serve several complex functions: they bring nonphilosophers into the philosophical life; they offer a starting point for philosophical inquiry; they unify the dialogue as a literary and dramatic whole; they draw attention to the limits of language and the limits of knowledge; and they allow Plato to co-opt cultural authority as a way of defining and legitimating the practice of philosophy. Platonic myth, as a species of traditional tale, is thus both distinct from philosophical dialectic and similar to it. Ultimately, the most powerful effect of Platonic myth is the way in which it leads readers to participate in Plato's dialogues and to engage in a process of self-examination"--

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
184
Library of Congress
B380 .W47 2012

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25101858M
ISBN 13
9781107021280
LC Control Number
2011044339

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