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Lessons from Plutarch

Eleni Kechagia

in Plutarch Against Colotes

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199597239
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597239.003.0010

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

Lessons from Plutarch

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This Epilogue summarises the main outcomes of the analysis of the Adversus Colotem. It argues that Plutarch's refutation of Colotes is neither simply a rhetorical exercise nor just a fervent anti-Epicurean pamphlet by a dedicated Platonist. By responding to Colotes, Plutarch had the chance both to highlight the errors of the Epicurean philosophy and to offer a critical survey of the main philosophical theories of the past. The Adversus Colotem emerges as Plutarch's ‘masterclass’ on how to do philosophy and how to read, engage with and critically assess the philosophical past.

Keywords: critical survey; errors; masterclass; outcomes; rhetorical exercise

Chapter.  1625 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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