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FT-52238-04

Mary-Louise Glanville Gill
Brown University (Providence, RI 02912-9100)

Plato's Missing Dialogue: The Philosopher

Plato’s Philosopher was promised as the third member of a trilogy, Sophist-Statesman-Philosopher, but was almost certainly never written. Indeed, the Philosopher seems to be the missing member of a tetralogy, which starts with the Theaetetus, a dialogue that connects itself dramatically with the Sophist. I contend that Plato left the Philosopher unwritten on purpose to challenge us to answer its central question: What is it to be a philosopher? The dialogues that lead up to the Philosopher, on which my project will focus, present a complex philosophical exercise. If we complete the exercise successfully, we will have the elements and tools to answer the question, but it is our task to construct an adequate account.

Project fields:
History of Philosophy

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2004 – 8/31/2004