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The Drama of IdeasPlatonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy$
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Martin Puchner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730322.001.0001

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The Poetics of the Platonic Dialogue

The Poetics of the Platonic Dialogue

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(p.3) 1 The Poetics of the Platonic Dialogue
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The Drama of Ideas
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Martin Puchner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730322.003.0001

In his youth, Plato dreamed of being a successful playwright, but upon hearing Socrates's clever and sharp sayings while on his way to the theater, he became his student instead and was reborn as a philosopher. However, this did not halt his writing, rather, it directed him to write now in a dramatic mode using Socratic dialogue. This chapter provides a dramatic and theatrical perspective of Plato. Here, Plato is explained to be a radical reformer rather than an enemy of theater who aims to illustrate a point about education. Plato's attacks on the theater to seek reform of its fundamental ways are called “antitheatrical prejudice”. Several genres on which Plato adapted his Socratic dialogue are also exemplified in this chapter.

Keywords:   Plato, Socrates, philosopher, Socratic dialogue, radical reformer, antitheatrical prejudice

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