|Author(s)||Kraut, R. (ed.)|
|Title||The Cambridge Companion to Plato|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Year of publication||1993|
|Reviewed by||Mirela Stefanescu|
This volume contains fifteen essays written by an international team of scholars about Plato, the head of our philosophical tradition. One can say that Plato "invented" philosophy as a distinct topic, putting together the most important subjects of human thinking.
We quote the title of the essays togethe.- with their authors: R. Kraut - Introduction to the study of Plato; T.H. Irwin - Plato: The intellectual background; Leonard Brandwood - Stylometry and chronology; Terry Penner - Socrates and the early dialogues; Jan Mueller - Mathematical method and philosophical truth; Gail Fine - Inquiry in the Meno; Michael L. Morgan - Plato and Greek religion; G.R.F.Ferrari - Platonic love; Nicholas P. White - Plato’s metaphysical epistemology; R. Kraut - The defence of Justice in Plato's Republik; Elizabeth Asmis - Plato on poetic creativity; Constance C. Meinwald - Good-bye to the Third Man; Michael Frede - Plato's Sophist on false statements; Dorothea Frede - Disintegration and restoration: Pleasure and pain in Plato Philebus; Trevor J. Saunders - Plato's later political thought.
In all, the book is a convenient guide to Plato's works for nonspecialists, being a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Plato for specialists.
The paper used is wonderful and so is the cover and many of pages when one reads their content.