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The Most Valuable Philosophical Method: New Perspectives on Dialectic in Plato's Later Dialogues

Event info

  • today from 04/11/2021 to 05/11/2021
  • place Digital
  • lock_outlineBy invitation
  • All information regarding the event is provided under the responsibility of the coordinators.
  • Coordination

    Prof. Dr. Christoph Helmig, Köln

    Prof. Federico Maria Petrucci, Torino


There is hardly any other concept that not only specialists of Plato, but also historians of philosophy and systematic philosophers have attended to more extensively than Plato's dialectic. Its omnipresence in the Platonic corpus reveals how central the dialectical method, which aims at the highest objects of human knowledge, is for Plato.

Despite its widely-acknowledged significance, the essence of Plato’s dialectic has been interpreted in various ways, especially in recent scholarship. By means of a contextual as well as philosophically systematic investigation of the most relevant passages, the workshop is aimed at promoting an interdisciplinary dialogue between internationally recognized experts of Plato and younger researchers in order to jointly develop new research approaches.