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The Play of the Platonic Dialogues

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Bernard Freydberg

Play resides at the heart of the Platonic dialogues, shaping their insights as well as informing their style. The Play of the Platonic Dialogues traces the prominent role of play, both as a general philosophical characteristic and as influencing the treatment of key issues. The nature of the forms, of the city, of virtue, of the soul and its immortality - these and others have been shaped by play. This book shows how Platonic playfulness is joined with the deepest seriousness throughout the dialogues.