Plato’s Wayward Path. Literary Form and the Republic. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2014; $22.50.Questions concerning literary form constitute one of the major challenges for modern readers of Plato: why did Plato choose to write dialogues? Or, why did he choose to write this or that work in the form of a dialogue? How do the literary features of his writings relate to his philosophical project? How is form related to content? In Plato’s Wayward Path, David Schur takes a fresh look at these issues, questioning recent views on Plato’s use of dialogue. He rejects the idea that there is a single thesis behind the dialectical meanders, an approach which he describes as “philosophical” or “teleological” and traces back to Friedrich Schleiermacher. He opts instead for an approach that gives priority to themes and literary features.The book consists of two parts, each of which is subdivided into three chapters. The chapters are preceded by a short preface and followed by a glossary of transliterated Greek words, a bibliography, and a general index. The glossary is a useful supplement meant to make the book more accessible to Greekless readers. I have noticed, however, a few typos in the
International Journal of the Platonic Tradition – Brill
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