Debra Nails and Harold Tarrant, edd., in collaboration with Mika Kajava and Eero SalmenkeviSecond Sailing: Alternative Perspectives on Plato. Helsinki: Societas Scientiarum Fennica. 2015. 366 pp. €30 (hardback).This book brings together twenty papers written to honour the ninetieth birthday of Holger Thesleff: the editors insist that it is not a festschrift, though just how it differs from one is not wholly clear. The title honours both Thesleff’s earlier life as a sailor, and the way in which he has constantly challenged traditional readings and led us to look at Plato in new ways. (The frontispiece gives a splendid view of the Passat, one of the last great historic sailing ships, on which he served as a young man.) The two principal editors both incorporate nautical themes into the titles of their papers, though sadly the other contributors, with one exception, do not take this up.The topics of the papers are very various, though many of them follow Thesleff in challenging traditional approaches: as in Thesleff’s own work, the questions addressed include those of doctrine, style and context. The order in which they are presented is rather confusing; the editors explain that it follows the chronology of Thesleff’s career, arranging
International Journal of the Platonic Tradition – Brill
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