Georgia Sermamoglou-Soulmaidi

Erler, Michael. (2017) Platon, Werke: Übersetzung und Kommentar. Band VI.1: Euthydemos . Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 283 pp. Pr. € 70 (hb). ISBN 978-3-525-30413-6. Michael Erler’s commentary on Plato’s Euthydemus is a very welcome addition to existing scholarship on the dialogue. It is a

Brooks A. Sommerville

1 Introduction The Philebus represents Plato’s most mature and considered thinking about the nature of pleasure. Given his apparent commitment to the Socratic principle that before one may confidently reach any conclusions about x one must first give an account of x itself, we ought to expect

Mario Vegetti

as a result of copyists’ errors, given that the Greek tradition consistently presents Plato’s Politeia as a work which comprises ten books. In 1937, the Soviet scholar Josiph Vissarionovich announced the discovery of an ancient manuscript in an Armenian monastery, consisting of the text of an

Alessio Santoro

1 Introduction In the second book of his Politics Aristotle presents a harsh critique of Plato’s Republic . Scholarly opinion has mostly expressed a negative evaluation of Aristotle’s arguments, 1 and that assessment has been somewhat tempered only recently. 2 E. Bornemann’s 1923 analysis of

Plato and the Good

Illuminating the Darkling Vision


Rosemary Desjardins

This book is an original interpretation of Plato’s enigmatic statements about the idea of the Good. Desjardins starts by reconciling two notoriously difficult and different accounts of the dialectical method found in the Philebus and The Republic. She then shows how they are connected to the four forms of god-given mania in the Phaedrus. Desjardins links god-given mania and the dialectical method to the concept of piety in the Euthyphro and to Plato’s defense of Socrates’ piety in the Apology. Desjardins’ interpretation of the idea of the Good that is presented by Plato in words (logoi) and through dramatic action (erga) is compelling and will inspire everyone interested in Plato’s dialogues and the idea of the Good.

Plato and Xenophon

Comparative Studies


Edited by Gabriel Danzig, David Johnson and Donald Morrison

Plato and Xenophon are the two students of Socrates whose works have come down to us in their entirety. Their works have been studied by countless scholars over the generations; but rarely have they been brought into direct contact, outside of their use in relation to the Socratic problem. This volume changes that, by offering a collection of articles containing comparative analyses of almost the entire range of Plato's and Xenophon's writings, approaching them from literary, philosophical and historical perspectives.

Wei Cheng

1 Introduction In Plato’s accounts of pleasure, we repeatedly encounter two distinctive kinds of states. One is called the natural state (φύσις/τὸ κατὰ φύσιν), which, roughly speaking, refers to an everyday or set level of contentment that a healthy living organism has insofar as its nature is in a


Danielle A. Layne and Erik W. Schmidt

1 Introduction Regardless of the controversies surrounding Plato’s criticisms of image-making in the Republic , no reader of the dialogues can deny that Plato had an amazing gift for crafting and telling stories. One need only think of the Ring of Gyges ( Republic 359d–360b), the Promethean theft

Matthew Evans

Phronesis 56 (2011) 322-349 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156852811X588688 Plato on the Norms of Speech and Thought Matthew Evans Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan, 2215 Angell Hall, 435 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003, USA Email

Studies on Plato, Aristotle and Proclus

The Collected Essays on Ancient Philosophy of John Cleary


John J. Cleary

Edited by John M. Dillon, Brendan O'Byrne and Fran O'Rourke

John J. Cleary (1949–2009) was an internationally recognised authority in many aspects of ancient philosophy. As well as penetrating and original studies of Plato, Aristotle, and Proclus, he was particularly interested in the philosophy of mathematics, and ancient theories of education. The essays included in this collection display Cleary’s range of expertise and originality of approach. Cleary was especially attentive to the problems involved in the interpretation of a philosophical text: in his reading of Plato he recognised the special status of dialogue as a privileged mode of philosophical writing. His underlying concern was the open-ended character of philosophy itself, to be pursued with intellectual rigour and respect both for the question and one’s interlocutor. These collected essays are representative of John Cleary’s philosophical life’s work.