Plato's guide to Philosophical Preparedness: the Dangers of Philosophy and How to Handle Them
Philosophy is dangerous business. At least, this is what Plato tells us. The literature on Plato’s metaphilosophy and methodology, however, has largely ignored this fact. In this dissertation, I show that an overemphasis on a narrow definition of Plato’s understanding of philosophy has meant we have missed an important account of how he proposes we navigate the dangers of rational inquiry. Framed as continuing the Platonic project of successfully and safely converting people to philosophy, this dissertation takes seriously the fact that Plato is wary of philosophy being done badly, and shows that this perspective sheds light not only on methods such as elenchus, but also on Plato’s psychology, epistemology, and metaphysics.
argument; metaphilosophy; Corruption; Education; Philosophy; methodology
Brennan, Theodore R.
Kosch, Michelle; Brittain, Charles Francis
PHD of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy
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