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By David Wolfsdorf

Scholarship on Plato's dialogues many times divides its concentration among the dramatic or literary and the philosophical or argumentative dimensions of the texts. yet this hermeneutic department of work is naïve, for Plato's arguments are embedded in dramatic dialogues and constructed via advanced, mostly casual exchanges among literary characters. for that reason, it truly is questionable how readers may characteristic arguments and theses to the writer himself. the reply to this question lies in transcending the scholarly divide and integrating the literary and philosophical dimensions of the texts. this is often the duty of Trials of Reason.

The learn specializes in a collection of fourteen so-called early dialogues, starting with a methodological framework that explains the way to combine the argumentation and the drama in those texts. not like such a lot canonical philosophical works, the early dialogues don't only exhibit the result of the perform of philosophy. relatively, they dramatize philosophy as a type of motivation, the will for wisdom of goodness. They dramatize philosophy as a discursive perform, stimulated through this hope and preferably ruled via cause. they usually dramatize the pains to which hope and cause are topic, that's, the problems of knowing philosophy as a kind of motivation, a tradition, and an epistemic success. in brief, Trials of Reason argues that Plato's early dialogues are as a lot works of meta-philosophy as philosophy itself.

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