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Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy

Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy


Andy German, James M. Ambury, Lloyd P. Gerson, Thomas Tuozzo, Drew A. Hyland, Sara Ahbel Rappe, Brian Marrin, Sara Brill, Jeremy Bell, Marina McCoy, Eric Sanday, Danielle A. Layne, Harold Tarrant
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107184466

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  • Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy is the first volume of essays dedicated to the whole question of self-knowledge and its role in Platonic philosophy. It brings together established and rising scholars from every interpretative school of Plato studies, and a variety of texts from across Plato's corpus - including the classic discussions of self-knowledge in the Charmides and Alcibiades I, and dialogues such as the Republic, Theaetetus, and Theages, which are not often enough mined for insights about this crucial philosophical topic. The rich variety of readings and hermeneutical methods (as well as the comprehensive research bibliography included in the volume) allows for an encompassing view of the relevant scholarly debates. The volume is intended to serve as a standard resource for further research on Plato's treatment of self-knowledge, and will highlight the relevance of Plato's thought to contemporary debates on selfhood, self-reflection and subjectivity.

    • The volume will be the only available collection of essays dedicated to this important theme
    • Treats a wide variety of different dialogues (and not only those traditionally associated with the question of self-knowledge)
    • Brings together scholars from all schools of Platonic interpretation
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107184466
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: self-knowledge as thematic intersection Andy German and James M. Ambury
    1. Self-knowledge and the good Lloyd P. Gerson
    2. Two faces of platonic self-knowledge: Alcibiades I and Charmides Thomas Tuozzo
    3. Socratic self-knowledge and the limits of Epistēmē Drew A. Hyland
    4. Socratic wisdom and platonic knowledge in the dialogues of Plato Sara Ahbel Rappe
    5. Between ascent and descent: self-knowledge and Plato's allegory of the cave James M. Ambury
    6. Self-knowledge and the use of the self in the Platonic Theages Brian Marrin
    7. Between biography and biology: bios and self-knowledge in Plato's Phaedrus Sara Brill
    8. A toil-loving soul Jeremy Bell
    9. Mathematical self-ignorance and sophistry: Theodorus and Protagoras Andy German
    10. Why is knowledge of ignorance good? Marina McCoy
    11. Self-knowledge in Plato's Symposium Eric Sanday
    12. Double ignorance and the perversion of self-knowledge Danielle A. Layne
    13. Philebus, Laws and self-ignorance Harold Tarrant.

  • Editors

    James M. Ambury, King's College, Pennsylvania
    James M. Ambury is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania. He has published articles in journals including Ancient Philosophy, International Philosophical Quarterly, Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Dionysius, and Plato.

    Andy German, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
    Andy German is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He is the editor of Platonic Production: Theme and Variations: The Gilson Letters (2015), and the author of articles in journals including the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Review of Metaphysics, Epoché, and Polis.


    Andy German, James M. Ambury, Lloyd P. Gerson, Thomas Tuozzo, Drew A. Hyland, Sara Ahbel Rappe, Brian Marrin, Sara Brill, Jeremy Bell, Marina McCoy, Eric Sanday, Danielle A. Layne, Harold Tarrant

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