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AuthorBallard, Edward G. author
TitleSocratic Ignorance [electronic resource] : An Essay on Platonic Self-Knowledge / by Edward G. Ballard
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1965
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Descript 189 p. online resource


This book is intended to offer an interpretation of an important aspect of Plato's philosophy. The matter to be interpreted will be the Platonic myths and doctrines which bear upon self-knowledge and self-ignorance. It is difficult to say in a word just what sort of thing an interpretation is. Rather than attempting to provide a set of rules or meta-rules supposed to define the ideally perfect interpretation, several distinctions will be suggested. I should like to distinguish the philological scholar from the interยญ preter by saying that the latter uses what the former produces. The function of the scholarly examination of a text is to make an ancient (or foreign) writing available to the contemporary reader. The scholar solves grammatical, lexical, and historical problems and renders his author readable by the person who lacks this scholarly learning and technique. The function of the interpreter is to make use of such available writings in order to render their content more intelligible and useful to a given audience. Thus, he thinks through this content, explains, and re-expresses it in a form which can be easily related to problems, persons, doctrines, or events of another epoch or of another class of readers. At the minimum, the interpretation of a philosophic writing may be thought to prepare its teaching for application to matters which belong in another time or context. Detailed application of a doctrine is, of course, still another thing


I. Introduction -- II. Socratesโ{128}{153} Moral Problem -- I. Justice: Internal and External -- II. Self-Knowledge and its Problems -- III. On the Nature of the Self -- III. The Problem of Art or Techne -- I. The Analysis of Art -- II. The Whole of Art -- III. Does a Doctrine of the Final Good Exist? -- IV. The Mystical Choice Again, and its Alternative -- V. Summary -- IV. The Problem of Knowledge -- I. On the Earlier Theory of Ideas -- II. The Limits and Conditions of Discourse -- III. The Doctrine and Art of Definition -- IV. Opinion and Image -- V. Knowledge-Theory and Self-Knowledge -- V. The Platonic Universe -- I. The Problem of the Universe of Discourse -- II. The Development of the Platonic Universe -- III. The Unity of the Final Universe -- IV. Knowledge in the New Cosmos -- V. Self-Knowledge and the Microcosm -- VI. Philosophy and Myth -- VI. Conclusion and Criticism -- I. Recapitulation: Ignorance and Self-Knowledge -- II. The Question of Immortality -- III. A Platonic View of the Person

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