ISBN : 9780198732884
M. M. McCabe presents a selection of her essays which explore the ways in which the Platonic method of conversation may inform how we understand both the Platonic dialogues and the work of his predecessors and his successors. The centrality of conversation to philosophical method is taken here to account both for how we should read the ancients and for the connections between argument, knowledge, and virtue in the texts in question. The book argues that we should attend, consequently, to the reflective dimension of reading and thought; and that this reflection explains both how we should think about the conditions for perception and knowledge, and how those conditions, in turn, inform the theories of value of both Plato and Aristotle.
I ON DIALECTIC AND METHOD
2. Heraclitus and the art of paradox
3. 'The moving posset stands still': Heraclitus fragment 125
4. Parmenides' dilemma
5. Myth, allegory, and argument in Plato
6. Dialectic is as dialectic does
7. Does your Plato bite?
8. Unity in the Parmenides: the unity of the Parmenides
II ON KNOWLEDGE AND VIRTUE IN PLATO
9. Looking inside Charmides' cloak
10. 'Escaping one's own notice knowing': Meno's paradox again
11. From the cradle to the cave: what happened to self-knowledge in the Republic?
12. Indifference readings: Plato and the Stoa on Socratic Ethics
13. Out of the labyrinth: Plato's attack on consequentialism
III ON ARISTOTLE'S CONVERSATIONS WITH PLATO
14. 'Perceiving that we see and hear': Aristotle on Plato on judgement and reflection
15. Some conversations with Plato: Aristotle, Metaphysics Z. 13-16
16. 1. With mirrors or without: self-perception in Eudemian Ethics 7.12
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