In this international and interdisciplinary collection of critical essays, distinguished contributors examine a crucial premise of traditional readings of Plato's dialogues: that Plato's own doctrines and arguments can be read off the statements made in the dialogues by Socrates and other leading characters. The authors argue in general and with reference to specific dialogues, that character should be taken to be Plato's mouthpiece. This is essential reading for students and scholars of Plato.
Gerald A. Press is professor of philosophy at Hunter College, City University of New York, and the editor of Plato's Dialogues: New Studies and Interpretations (Rowman & Littlefield, 1993).