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A Companion to Plato

Edited by: HUGH BENSON
eISBN: 9781405115216
Print publication date: 2006

Subject Philosophy

People Plato

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405115216.2006.x

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A Companion to Plato

Plato and Platonism remain fundamental to the practice of philosophy. This broad-ranging Companion comprises original contributions from some of the best Platonic scholars in the world today and reflects the various ways in which they are dealing with Plato's legacy.

The Companion is ordered on three principles. First, the contributions are devoted to topics in Platonic philosophy, ranging from perception and knowledge to politics and cosmology. This allows readers to see how a position advocated in one of Plato's dialogues compares with positions advocated in others. Second, reading Plato in this way raises issues concerning the chronological order of the composition of the dialogues and Plato's philosophical development; various sides of the debate on these subjects are argued. Finally, topics have been selected for their philosophical rather than their historical significance.

The volume will be welcomed for the wide range of topics and the multiplicity of perspectives it presents. As an aid to fuller understanding, it also includes overviews of Plato's life, works, and philosophical method.

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BENSON, HUGH (ed). A Companion to Plato. Blackwell Publishing, 2006. Blackwell Reference Online. 21 June 2018 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405115216_9781405115216>

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