Plato’s works – developmentalist theories
Plato’s entire corpus has come down to us in excellent condition – approximately thirty dialogues are considered to be genuine. The developmentalist approach of Plato’s philosophy has prevailed in the field of interpreting Plato and this approach suggests that the dialogues are...
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Protagoras
A Socratic aporetic dialogue, probably dating to Plato's early period, discussing the teaching of virtue.
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Socrates’ Apology
The Apology belongs to Plato’s texts which are triggered by and devoted to the history of Socrates’ trial (such as the Euthyphro, the Crito and the Phaedo). It is regarded as an early work. There is no consensus regarding the historical basis of the work
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Socratic and Platonic dialogue
Socratic dialogues are the dialogical texts written by Socrates’ pupils, whose protagonist is Socrates himself; the Platonic dialogues reserve a prominent place among them. However, Plato’s early dialogues are also called “Socratic”.
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Sophist
The Sophist is a dialogue of Plato's late period. The subject under discussion is the definition of the nature of the sophist, and its distinction from that of the philosopher. The central topic brings along various important issues of the platonic philosophy such as dialectics, and the theory of...
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Spurious dialogues of Plato
Since antiquity, those texts not considered to be authentic Platonic writings have been characterized as spurious dialogues of Plato. However, to this day the exact criteria on which this selection was made, by whom and when, elude us. From the nineteenth century onward, this evaluation has been...
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Statesman (Politicus)
The dialogue Politicus belongs to the last period of Plato's literary output. The subject of this dialogue is the definition of the political man-statesman.
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Symposium
The Symposium is a dialogue on the subject of love. It was composed by Plato during his middle (or mature) period.
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Syriac translations of Plato’s works
In the 4th and 5th centuries Syria was home to a significant translation movement whose aim was the integration of ancient Greek philosophical education in a Christian context. Although this undertaking was primarily Aristotelian in character, Plato’s texts and the broader Platonic tradition...
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The Seventh Letter
The only letter of Plato’s that is regarded as genuine by most scholars. It gives an account of Plato’s Sicilian adventure, but also includes an important philosophical digression.
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