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Philosophos: Plato's Missing Dialogue

Mary Louise Gill


Plato famously promised a final dialogue in the series Sophist-Statesman, a series aiming to define three sorts of experts — the sophist, statesman, and philosopher — but the final dialogue on the philosopher is missing. This book argues that Plato promised the Philosopher but did not write it to stimulate his audience to work out the portrait it would have contained. The Sophist and Statesman are themselves members of a larger series starting with the Theaetetus, Plato’s investigation of knowledge, and the whole series relies on the Parmenides, whose second part presents a philosophical exerc ... More

Keywords: Plato, Parmenides, Theaetetus, Sophist, Statesman, Philosopher, being, knowledge, philosophical exercise, dialectic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199606184
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606184.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Louise Gill, author
Brown University