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Author White, David A., 1942-

Title Rhetoric and reality in Plato's Phaedrus / David A. White
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1993


Description 1 online resource (xv, 340 pages)
Series SUNY series in ancient Greek philosophy
SUNY series in ancient Greek philosophy.
Contents Myth and rhetorical inspiration -- Socrates' first speech -- The metaphysics of madness and the nature of soul -- Soul and truth -- Beauty and the capture of the beloved -- Rhetoric and truth -- Rhetoric and dialectic -- Nature and the art of writing -- Writing and wisdom -- Method and metaphysics in the Phaedrus
Summary The Phaedrus is well-known for the splendid mythical panorama Socrates develops in his second speech, and for its graphic descriptions of erotic behavior. This book shows how the details of the myth and the accounts of interaction between lovers are based on a carefully articulated metaphysical structure. It follows the dialogue as narrated, showing how passages that may not appear relevant to metaphysics have been deployed to heighten the vision of reality that Socrates develops in his second speech and concludes with an Epilogue in which the metaphysical principles adumbrated in the dialogue are ordered and briefly developed. This Epilogue helps illustrate the continuity between the Phaedrus and subsequent dialogues, such as the Parmenides, Sophist, Statesman, and Philebus, in which methodological and metaphysical concerns are dominant for Plato. As a result, new connections emerge between the metaphysical domain in Plato's thought and the more visible and vibrant areas of the psychology of eros and practical rhetoric. -- Back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-330) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Plato. Phaedrus.
SUBJECT Plato v427-v347 Phaedrus gnd
Plato. Phaedrus. swd
Phaedrus (Plato) fast
Subject PHILOSOPHY -- History & Surveys -- Ancient & Classical.
Phaedrus (Plato)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 91043967
ISBN 0585092400