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Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy

Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy

Andrea Wilson Nightingale
4.3/5 (9 ratings)
In this very original study, the author investigates how Plato invented the discipline of philosophy. In order to define and legitimize philosophy, Dr. Nightingale maintains, Plato had to match it against genres of discourse that had authority and currency in democratic Athens. By incorporating traditional genres of poetry and rhetoric into his dialogues, Plato marks the boundaries of philosophy as a discursive and as a social practice.
Language
English
Pages
238
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Release
April 13, 2000
ISBN
0521774330
ISBN 13
9780521774338

Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy

Andrea Wilson Nightingale
4.3/5 (9 ratings)
In this very original study, the author investigates how Plato invented the discipline of philosophy. In order to define and legitimize philosophy, Dr. Nightingale maintains, Plato had to match it against genres of discourse that had authority and currency in democratic Athens. By incorporating traditional genres of poetry and rhetoric into his dialogues, Plato marks the boundaries of philosophy as a discursive and as a social practice.
Language
English
Pages
238
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Release
April 13, 2000
ISBN
0521774330
ISBN 13
9780521774338

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