Review by Choice Review
For the inexhaustible challenge of interpreting Plato, this volume is truly an indispensable companion, both for beginning students and for advanced scholars. Following introductory sections on the diverse approaches to the study of Plato (Kraut), on the intellectual background to Plato (Irwin), and on the sequence of the dialogues (Brandwood), the other contributors offer excellent surveys of central topics. There are articles on Socrates in the early dialogues (Penner) and on the religious (Morgan), mathematical (Mueller), and psychological aspects of Plato's thought (Ferrari on love, Asmis on poetic creativity). Separate treatments discuss political philosophy in the Republic (Kraut) and in the Laws (Saunders). Four chapters deal with various facets of Platonic metaphysics and epistemology: a general account by N. White, with specialized studies by Meinwald on the "Third Man" argument, M. Frede on being and falsity in the Sophist, and Fine on inquiry in the Meno. The editor is to be commended for selecting a team consisting, in most cases, of the very best authorities for each topic and for ensuring the accessibility and usefulness of the volume to a wide audience. The comprehensive bibliography and indexes are outstanding. Academic libraries at all levels. J. Bussanich; University of New Mexico
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