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Plato's Myths

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Catalin Partenie, Michael Inwood, David Sedley, Gábor Betegh, Malcolm Schofield, G. R. F. Ferrari, Christopher Rowe, Charles H. Kahn, M. F. Burnyeat, Richard Stalley, Elizabeth McGrath
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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107404076

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  • In archaic societies myths were believed to tell true stories - stories about the ultimate origin of reality. For us, on the contrary, the term 'myth' denotes a false belief. Between the archaic notion of myth and ours stands Plato's. This volume is a collection of ten studies by eminent scholars that focus on the ways in which some of Plato's most famous myths are interwoven with his philosophy. The myths discussed include the eschatological myths of the Gorgias, the Phaedo, the Republic and Laws 10, the central myths of the Phaedrus and the Statesman, and the so-called myth of the Noble Lie from the Republic. The mythical character of the Timaeus cosmology is also amply discussed. The volume also contains seventeen rare Renaissance illustrations of Platonic myths. The contributors argue that in Plato myth and philosophy are tightly bound together, despite Plato's occasional claim that they are opposed modes of discourse.

    • Eleven specially-commissioned new essays from leading names in the field of ancient philosophy
    • Wide-ranging study of a striking aspect of Platonic philosophy, his use of myth
    • Contains seventeen rare Renaissance illustrations of Platonic myths, discussed for the first time in a volume on Plato's myths
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    "Anyone with a philosophical interest in Plato's myths will find Partenie's collection rewarding, and it is necessary reading for those interested in publishing on the topic. All of the articles are of high-quality, and many of them are truly excellent. The book itself is attractive and well-edited."

    "… illuminating … an informative study in art history."

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107404076
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction Catalin Partenie
    1. Plato's eschatological myths Michael Inwood
    2. Myth, punishment and politics in the Gorgias David Sedley
    3. Tale, theology and teleology in the Phaedo Gábor Betegh
    4. Fraternité, inégalité, la parole de Dieu: Plato's authoritarian myth of political legitimation Malcolm Schofield
    5. Glaucon's reward, philosophy's debt: the myth of Er G. R. F. Ferrari
    6. The charioteer and his horses: an example of Platonic myth-making Christopher Rowe
    7. The myth of the Statesman Charles H. Kahn
    8. Eikōs muthos M. F. Burnyeat
    9. Myth and eschatology in the Laws Richard Stalley
    10. Platonic myth in Renaissance iconography Elizabeth McGrath
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    Catalin Partenie, Université du Québec, Montréal


    Catalin Partenie, Michael Inwood, David Sedley, Gábor Betegh, Malcolm Schofield, G. R. F. Ferrari, Christopher Rowe, Charles H. Kahn, M. F. Burnyeat, Richard Stalley, Elizabeth McGrath

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