Commentary on Clay

Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 3 (1):158-164 (1987)
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Acknowledging with Professor Clay the important methodological principle that interpretation must begin within the dramatic horizon of each dialogue, I argue that there are analogies between discontinuities within single dialogues and discontinuities between certain dialogues. Recognizing this opens up the possibility of thinking of certain groups of dialogues as a series of fresh beginnings that lead the reader through different levels of understanding. I illustrate this idea by considering the unity of the Republic and the Parmenides.

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Mitchell Miller
Vassar College


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