Platonic Writings/Platonic Readings
Edited by Charles L. Griswold Jr.
Publication date:15 November 2001
Length of book:352 pages
PublisherPenn State University Press
Originally published by Routledge in 1988, this pioneering collection of essays now features a new preface and updated bibliography by the editor, reflecting the most significant developments in Plato scholarship during the past decade.
This book is a valuable and long overdue collection of essays which address a central issue in the reading of Platonic texts: the question of why Plato wrote dialogues, and what that fact means for our interpretation of Plato. Views on this issue inform, in one way or another, all our readings of Plato, and this work performs the valuable service of collecting a wide range of essays which deal explicitly with the question. Some of the essays are explicitly methodological; others give readings of Platonic dialogues which are sensitive to the fact that they are dialogues. The second half of the work consists of an interesting and very valuable series of exchanges between readers of Plato which concern the question of the dialogues as dialogues.”
—L. A. Kosman, Haverford College