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Plato's Myths by Catalin Partenie

Plato's Myths

by Catalin Partenie (Editor)

Other authors: Gábor Betegh (Contributor), M.F. Burnyeat (Contributor), G.R.F Ferrari (Contributor), Michael Inwood (Contributor), Charles H. Kahn (Contributor)5 more, Elizabeth McGrath (Contributor), Christopher Rowe (Contributor), Malcolm Schofield (Contributor), David Sedley (Contributor), Richard Stalley (Contributor)

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Partenie, CatalinEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Betegh, GáborContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burnyeat, M.F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferrari, G.R.FContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Inwood, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kahn, Charles H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McGrath, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rowe, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schofield, MalcolmContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sedley, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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In archaic societies myths were believed to tell true stories - stories about the ultimate origin of reality. For us, on the contrary, the term 'myth' denotes a false belief. Between the archaic notion of myth and ours stands Plato's. This 2009 volume is a collection of ten studies by eminent scholars that focus on the ways in which some of Plato's most famous myths are interwoven with his philosophy. The myths discussed include the eschatological myths of the Gorgias, the Phaedo, the Republic and Laws 10, the central myths of the Phaedrus and the Statesman, and the so-called myth of the Noble Lie from the Republic. The mythical character of the Timaeus cosmology is also amply discussed. The volume also contains seventeen rare Renaissance illustrations of Platonic myths. The contributors argue that in Plato myth and philosophy are tightly bound together, despite Plato's occasional claim that they are opposed modes of discourse.

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