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From Plato to Platonism$
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Lloyd P. Gerson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452413

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452413.001.0001

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Socrates and Platonism

Socrates and Platonism

(p.34) Chapter 2 Socrates and Platonism
From Plato to Platonism

Lloyd P. Gerson

Cornell University Press

This chapter addresses questions on the relation of the historical Socrates and his philosophy to the Socrates of the dialogues, on whether the philosophy in the dialogues—Socrates' or Plato's—developed in any way, on the relation of the literary form of the dialogue to any putative philosophy found therein, and on how two apparently self-revealing passages in the Platonic corpus (Phaedrus 274C–277A and Seventh Letter 341C–D) impact our understanding of the dialogues in general. As such, the chapter first examines the “Socratic Problem” before turning to the views of some outstanding proponents of a putative “Socratic philosophy”—Gregory Vlastos, Terry Penner, and Christopher Rowe.

Keywords:   Socrates, Socratic Problem, Socratic philosophy, Gregory Vlastos, Terry Penner, Christopher Rowe, Phaedrus, Seventh Letter

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