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In this extraordinary book, Gill (Brown Univ.) illustrates how Plato's promise to compose a dialogue (Philosophos) to complete the trilogy of dialogues (Sophist and Statesman) is actually fulfilled within the dialectical exercises contained in the two dialogues, along with the Parmenides and the Theaetetus. Gill claims that Plato conceived of philosophy as essentially dialectical methodology and not as subject matter, although the theme to be analyzed in the Philosophos is the nature of being-in-itself. Her claim is that once students master the methods of dialectic, the nature of being-in-itself and its relationship to other most general forms will become clear. Gill fulfills this task through a rigorous, intense unpacking of the notoriously difficult passages of the second part of the Parmenides, as well as an attempt at a satisfactory resolution to the difficult dialectical puzzles of the Sophist and the Statesman. Gill incorporates within her impeccable scholarship reference to virtually all the most recent literature on these Platonic dialogues. This book is well worth the intense intellectual effort required of readers. It is a significant contribution to contemporary Platonic scholarship and has an excellent bibliography and index. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty. P. A. Streveler emeritus, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
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