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Plato's Charmides: Positive Elenchus in a 'Socratic' Dialogue (Hardback)
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Plato's Charmides: Positive Elenchus in a 'Socratic' Dialogue (Hardback)

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Hardback 372 Pages / Published: 12/09/2011
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This book argues that Plato's Charmides presents a unitary but incomplete argument intended to lead its readers to substantive philosophical insights. Through careful, contextually sensitive analysis of Plato's arguments concerning the virtue of sophrosyne, Thomas M. Tuozzo brings the dialogue's lines of inquiry together, carrying Plato's argument forward to a substantive conclusion. This innovative reading of Charmides reverses misconceptions about the dialogue that stemmed from an impoverished conception of Socratic elenchus and unquestioned acceptance of ancient historiography's demonization of Critias. It views Socratic argument as a tool intended to move its addressee to substantive philosophical insights. It also argues, on the basis of recent historical research, a review of the fragments of Critias' oeuvre and Plato's use of Critias in other dialogues, that Plato had a nuanced, generally positive view of Critias. Throughout, readers are alerted to textual difficulties whose proper resolution is crucial to understanding Plato's often abstract arguments.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521190404
Number of pages: 372
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 235 x 163 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This is the best book in English on Plato's Charmides ... This volume has taught me much.' David J. Murphy, Classical World
'This is an original and superbly argued study. Highly recommended.' Choice
'By far the greatest virtue of Tuozzo's book is his insistence on taking the debate into entirely new terrain. Readers who seek a fresh perspective on the Charmides will greatly benefit from grappling with his immensely novel and clever arguments.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"This is the best book in English on Plato's Charmides ... This volume has taught me much." David J. Murphy, Classical World
"This is an original and superbly argued study. Highly recommended." Choice
"By far the greatest virtue of Tuozzo's book is his insistence on taking the debate into entirely new terrain. Readers who seek a fresh perspective on the Charmides will greatly benefit from grappling with his immensely novel and clever arguments." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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