Again this year, the contributions to the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy continue to exhibit the dominance of Plato, with six of the nine colloquia based on Platonic texts. The similarity stops there, however, since the topics divide along very different lines. Two feature morality and the sophists, based on readings of the Republic and the Euthydemus, and two the relationship of drama and pedagogy or of logic and rhetoric, based on the Theaetetus and the Symposium, respectively. The last two in this Platonic series are in one sense not about Plato at all, but about that odd couple, Socrates and Xanthippe, supplementing various Platonic texts with Xenophon and others. Appropriately, the colloquia begin with a discussion of division in the ancient atomists, giving us an a priori insight into how the finitude of the Platonic corpus can be infinitely divided, year after year, according to the principles of the atomists, rightly understood. An analysis of truth in Aristotle gives a counterpoint to the Platonic interplay of drama and pedagogy or logic and rhetoric, while a presentation of Proclus's account of evil serves to revisit some of the issues of sophistry and morality. Underneath these discussions of
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Published: Jan 1, 1998
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