Plato respected Diogenes

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  • Christoph Horn
  • Jörn Müller
  • Joachim Söder
  • Anna Schriefl
  • Simon Weber
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At first glance it seems paradoxical that Plato, despite his vehement criticism of the scriptures - which was also presented in writing (see Chapter VI.3) - laid down his philosophy not only in writing, but even with indisputable literary ambitions. In addition, the large number of no less than 47 work titles that have been associated with Plato's authorship is surprising. Admittedly, many of these writings were already considered to be false or at least dubious in antiquity, but in today's research a good two dozen dialogues are recognized as genuine. Allegedly, Plato himself is said to have arranged certain related writings into groups of works; At least that is what a report in Diogenes Laertios III 56 reads: “Thrasyllos claims that he [Plato] published the dialogues on the model of the tragic tetralogies, just as one entered the competition there with four dramas. [...] But the four pieces were called tetralogy. "

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph Horn
  • Jörn Müller
  • Joachim Söder
  • Anna Schriefl
  • Simon Weber
  1. 1. Institute for Philosophy, University of Bonn, Germany
  2. 2. Institute for Philosophy, University of Würzburg, Germany
  3. 3. Aachen Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Germany