Companion comprises original contributions from leading Platonic scholars and reflects the different ways in which they are dealing with Plato s legacy.
Covers an exceptionally broad range of subjects from diverse perspectives
Contributions are devoted to topics, ranging from perception and knowledge to politics and cosmology
Allows readers to see how a position advocated in one of Plato s dialogues compares with positions advocated in others
Permits readers to engage the debate concerning Plato s philosophical development on particular topics
Also includes overviews of Plato s life, works and philosophical method
Hugh H. Benson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. He is the editor of Essays on the Philosophy of Socrates (1992) and author of Socratic Wisdom (2000) as well as various articles on the philosophy of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
Notes on Contributors viii Preface xii Abbreviations xiv 1 The Life of Plato of Athens 1 DEBRA NAILS 2 Interpreting Plato 13 CHRISTOPHER ROWE 3 The Socratic Problem 25 WILLIAM J. PRIOR Part I PLATONIC METHOD AND THE DIALOGUE FORM 37 4 Form and the Platonic Dialogues 39 MARY MARGARET MCCABE 5 The Socratic Elenchus 55 CHARLES M. YOUNG 6 Platonic Definitions and Forms 70 R. M. DANCY 7 Plato s Method of Dialectic 85 HUGH H. BENSON Part II PLATONIC EPISTEMOLOGY 101 8 Socratic Ignorance 103 GARETH B. MATTHEWS 9 Plato on Recollection 119 CHARLES KAHN 10 Plato: A Theory of Perception or a Nod to Sensation? 133 DEBORAH K. W. MODRAK 11 Knowledge and the Forms in Plato 146 MICHAEL FEREJOHN Part III PLATONIC METAPHYSICS 163 12 The Forms and the Sciences in Socrates and Plato 165 TERRY PENNER 13 Problems for Forms 184 MARY LOUISE GILL 14 The Role of Cosmology in Plato s Philosophy 199 CYNTHIA FREELAND 15 Plato on Language 214 DAVID SEDLEY 16 Plato and Mathematics 228 MICHAEL J. WHITE 17 Platonic Religion 244 MARK L. MCPHERRAN Part IV PLATONIC PSYCHOLOGY 261 18 The Socratic Paradoxes 263 THOMAS C. BRICKHOUSE and NICHOLAS D. SMITH 19 The Platonic Soul 278 FRED D. MILLER, JR. 20 Plato on Eros and Friendship 294 C. D. C. REEVE 21 Plato on Pleasure as the Human Good 308 GERASIMOS SANTAS Part V PLATONIC ETHICS, POLITICS, AND AESTHETICS 323 22 The Unity of the Virtues 325 DANIEL DEVEREUX 23 Plato on Justice 341 DAVID KEYT 24 Plato s Concept of Goodness 356 NICHOLAS WHITE 25 Plato on the Law 373 SUSAN SAUVE MEYER 26 Plato and the Arts 388 CHRISTOPHER JANAWAY Part VI PLATONIC LEGACY 401 27 Learning about Plato from Aristotle 403 CHRISTOPHER SHIELDS 28 Plato and Hellenistic Philosophy 418 A. A. LONG 29 Plato s Influence on Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Philosophy 434 SARA AHBEL-RAPPE Index 452