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"The Seventh Letter is a literary and philosophical text of the mid-fourth century BC (ca. 360 BC), the authorship of which has long been disputed by classical scholars. Much contemporary scholarly opinion favors the authenticity of the text-i.e. that it was written by Plato himself, or by a student of Plato who possessed direct and intimate knowledge of the events and cir"The Seventh Letter is a literary and philosophical text of the mid-fourth century BC (ca. 360 BC), the authorship of which has long been disputed by classical scholars. Much contemporary scholarly opinion favors the authenticity of the text-i.e. that it was written by Plato himself, or by a student of Plato who possessed direct and intimate knowledge of the events and circumstances involved.For readers and students of Plato and Greek philosophy, interest in the Seventh Letter lies in the text's account of Plato's involvement with Dionysius II (Dionysius the Younger), tyrant of Syracuse. The philosopher Dion, the tyrant's uncle, convinced his nephew to invite Plato to Syracuse to serve as a tutor to the young Dionysius in philosophy and political ethics (much as Aristotle would later serve as tutor to Alexander the Great). Plato made three journeys to Syracuse, but became victimized by court intrigues, especially involving the exile of Dion. Dionysius was at times so enthusiastic about Plato that he kept the philosopher a virtual prisoner; at other times Plato feared he might be murdered by the tyrant's fractious court. Plato even had difficulties escaping from Syracuse back to Athens.Plato's involvement with Dionysius II of Syracuse has attracted attention as the philosopher's attempt, apparently his sole attempt, to apply his idealistic political philosophy to real-world politics; and its general failure has struck some critics as a negative commentary on the practical applicability of a Platonic system.The Seventh Letter also has a detailed exposition of Plato's doctrine of the Forms. Toward the end of the letter is an explanation about the perfect circle as an existing, unchanging, and eternal Form, and how any reproduction of a circle is not the perfect circle. The Form of a perfect circle cannot even be talked about, because language and definitions are not the perfect circle either....

Title : The Seventh Letter
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ISBN : 9781606200131
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 52 Pages
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The Seventh Letter Reviews

  • M
    2018-12-29 04:57

    Everyone's favorite jacked, optimistic philosopher/potential satirist gets hired by one of his philosopher friends to tutor said philosopher friend's batshit crazy nephew. Plato rolls up and is immediately taken prisoner by the li'l tyrant, who becomes obsessed with him. Plato essentially calls him a poser since he doesn't want real philosophy, but can't really leave, so hangs around until he becomes embroiled in court politics. He tries to apply his optimistic ideals of virtue and the Forms to political philosophy. It fails miserably, Ned Stark and Petyr Baelish style. Plato shuffles out of Syracuse, barely scraping by with his life. tl;dr: Plato gets kidnapped and learns that idealism doesn't work in politics.

  • Pascal Christeller
    2019-01-16 09:04

    This is a story about a man who got lost in his own thoughts, was up high on a philosopher's mountain, and basically made fences.If you live a life for a war, and don't come down from the mountain as Nietzsche talked about in Zarathustra, then, you'll be in wars. The real difficult work is to create peace.

  • Rob Roy
    2019-01-21 04:41

    Not a dialog but rather a letter from Plato. Another view on Socrates execution, and an insight into politics in Syracuse.