Wittgenstein and Plato Connections, Comparisons and Contrasts

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-14
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This is the first volume dedicated to a direct exploration of Wittgenstein and Plato. It is a compilation of essays by thirteen authors of diverse geographical provenance, orientation and philosophical interest.
The volume offers the most complete and detailed view to date on Wittgenstein and Plato, without being tied to any unilateral guidelines from either a critical or philosophical perspective. The authors are scholars of Wittgenstein, but also of Plato and Greek philosophy. The book is a sort of game of mirrors: Plato in the mirror of Wittgenstein, and Wittgenstein in the mirror of Plato. All essays always seek to combine philosophical interest and philological attention, although, in some essays one interest prevails over the other.
Despite the preponderance of scholars of Wittgenstein, the volume seeks to be not only a book on Wittgenstein and Plato, but also, simultaneously, on Plato and Wittgenstein.

Author Biography

Luigi Perissinotto is Professor of Philosophy of Language at Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy. He has published widely on Wittgenstein and hermeneutics. For the academic publisher Mimesis he directs the series in philosophical studies 'La scala e l'album' and supervises the section 'Language' of the series 'Analytical Philosophies'.

Begoña Ramón Cámara graduated in Philosophy from the University of Valencia, Spain and was a postgraduate student at the École Normale SupÉrieure of Paris and Cambridge University. She is a member of the Department of Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge of the University of Valencia. She is the author of several publications on Plato and Wittgenstein.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Preface; L.Perissinotto & B.Ramón Cámara
Writing and Communicating Philosophy. Consonances Between Plato and Wittgenstein; S.Borutti & F.De Luise
Wittgenstein Reads Plato; W.Kienzler
Plato, Wittgenstein and the Definition of Games; C.Osborne
'The Socratic Method!': Wittgenstein, Socrates and Plato; L.Perissinotto
The World Seen Sub Specie Aeternitatis: Wittgenstein's Platonism; B.Ramón Cámara
On Philosophy's (Lack of) Progress: From Plato to Wittgenstein (and Rawls); R.Read
Balance and Compass of philosophy. Wittgenstein in the Mirror of Plato; C.Rofena
Knowing Where to Turn: Analogy, Method and Literary Form in Plato and Wittgenstein; M.Rowe
Wittgenstein's Debt to Plato; J.Schulte
Wittgenstein: An Ancestorless Reader of Some Ancestors. The Case of Plato; A.Soulez
Wittgenstein, Plato and the 'Craving for Generality'; F.Trabattoni
Radical Enlightenment Optimism: Socrates and Wittgenstein; T.Wallgren

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