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Contrary to Aristotle's account in Metaphysics, philosophy originated with Plato, particularly with his portrayal of the archetypal philosopher, Socrates, within the pre-existing genre of the Sokratikoi logoi. His method of defining what is at once a discipline, a method and a life-style was substantially in terms of a critical distancing from and appropriation of other, established modes. Spanning the fields of philosophy, literary theory, classics, sociology and history, Nightingale focusses
Excellent investigation into Plato's use of existing rhetorical forms in order to critique and uproot the socio-political situation of classical Athens.
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Nightingale's first book (1995) examines how Plato uses other ancient genres to introduce and define his practice of "philosophy".