Plato’s Severed Lovers: Alkibiades and Sokrates

The Symposium’s tale of Alkibiades and Sokrates and its historical implications—of war and philosophy, of a shattered imperial democracy and a god-like leader driven out for supposed impiety and assassinated in exile, as well as a trial and execution of a philosopher for impiety and dissent—is dramatic in its own right. Read more

Der Begriff τέχνη bei Plato

Edited with a Foreword by Marco Romani Mistretta. Inaugural Dissertation for Doctorate submitted to the faculty of philosophy at Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel. Referent: Professor Werner Jaeger. Defended August 6, 1920; approved for printing December 2, 1922. Published here under a Creative Commons License 3.0. Read more

A New Look at Plato by Professor David Schur

In his new book, Plato’s Wandering Path: Literary Form and the Republic, Professor David Schur of Brooklyn College delivers insights 15 years in the making. Focusing on The Republic, Schur argues that the philosopher’s digressive style takes the reader on a deliberate “journey of perpetual approach” toward the sublime. In Plato’s literary structure… Read more

Plato’s Four Muses: The Phaedrus and the Poetics of Philosophy

Plato’s Four Muses reconstructs Plato’s authorial self-portrait through a fresh reading of the Phaedrus, with an Introduction and Conclusion that contextualize the construction more broadly. The Phaedrus, it is argued, is Plato’s most self-referential dialogue, and Plato’s reference to four Muses in Phaedrus 259c–d is read as a hint at the “ingredients” of philosophical discourse,… Read more

Plato’s Counterfeit Sophists

This book explores the place of the sophists within the Greek wisdom tradition, and argues against their almost universal exclusion from serious intellectual traditions. By studying the sophists against the backdrop of the archaic Greek institutions of wisdom, it is possible to detect considerable intellectual overlap between them and their… Read more