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What Plato Is About: An Overview

Jeremy Barris

in The Crane's Walk

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229130
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229130.003.0011
What Plato Is About: An               Overview

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This book proposes that Plato's achievement lies in showing how to let things be what they are without any explanation of understanding. Since this is a letting-be of what things are, it is a relation to the truth of things. And as an explicit relation to this truth, it is an understanding. A sort of understanding without understanding is sometimes seen as the work of spiritual insight or of the fine arts. The deepest explanation or understanding, then, is still an explanation or understanding of the surface thing being explained and that surface thing is precisely something not explained or understood. The deepest and only adequate explanation therefore explains the thing as it is even before it has been explained. This chapter presents an overview of the structure and rhetoric of Plato's dialogues and examines his concept of well-being and justice.

Keywords: Plato; understanding; truth; well-being; justice; surface; explanation; dialogues; rhetoric

Chapter.  12624 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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