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Phaedrus by Plato
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Dec 10, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: philosophy
Recommended for: Philosophy buffs, literary criticism buffs
Read in January, 1973 , read count: Ten

Previously considered a lesser work by Plato, but more recently considered important because of Derrida. The text is about writing and oral communication and their role in telling the truth. The dialogue very cleverly intersperses the difference between true and false love with the difference between true and false rhetoric. In reading this, it helps to understand the opposition between Socrates and the sophists that pervades most of the other Platonic dialogues, but the Phaedrus can stand alone.
The Phaedrus highlights the irony of Plato having a written dialogue that criticizes whether writing can tell the truth. This irony appears to cut at the very core of the use of Plato's writings and the relationship between Socrates and the sophists.
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