Trials of ReasonPlato and the Crafting of Philosophy

Trials of ReasonPlato and the Crafting of Philosophy

David Wolfsdorf

Print publication date: 2008

ISBN: 9780195327328

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Scholarship on Plato's dialogues persistently divides its focus between the dramatic or literary and the philosophical or argumentative dimensions of the texts. But this hermeneutic division of labor is naïve, for Plato's arguments are embedded in dramatic dialogues and developed through complex, largely informal exchanges between literary characters. Consequently, it is questionable how readers can even attribute arguments and theses to the author himself. The answer to this question lies in transcending the scholarly divide and integrating the literary and philosophical dimensions of the texts. This is the task of Trials of Reason.