The Guardians on Trial : The Reading Order of Plato's Dialogues from Euthyphro to Phaedo Hardback
Based on a conception of Reading Order introduced and developed in his Plato the Teacher: The Crisis of the Republic (Lexington; 2012) and The Guardians in Action: Plato the Teacher and the Post-Republic Dialogues from Timaeus to Theaetetus (Lexington; 2016), William H.
F. Altman now completes his study of Plato's so-called "late dialogues" by showing that they include those that depict the trial and death of Socrates.
According to Altman, it is not Order of Composition but Reading Order that makes Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, Crito, and Phaedo "late dialogues," and he shows why Plato's decision to interpolate the notoriously "late" Sophist and Statesman between Euthyphro and Apology deserves more respect from interpreters.
Altman explains this interpolation-and another, that places Laws between Crito and Phaedo-as part of an ongoing test Plato has created for his readers that puts "the Guardians on Trial." If we don't recognize that Socrates himself is the missing Philosopher that the Eleatic Stranger never actually describes-and also the antithesis of the Athenian Stranger, who leaves Athens in order to create laws for Crete-we pronounce ourselves too sophisticated to be Plato's Guardians, and unworthy of the Socratic inheritance.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 638 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books
- Publication Date: 19/07/2016
- Category: Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500
- ISBN: 9781498529518
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