The Continuum Companion to Plato
This comprehensive and accessible guide to Plato's life and times includes more than 140 entries written by a team of leading experts in the field of ancient philosophy covering every aspect of Plato's thought. The Companion presents details of Plato's life, historical, philosophical and literary context; synopsis of all the dialogues attributed to Plato; a comprehensive overview of the various features, themes and topics apparent in the dialogues; and a thourough account of his enduring influence and the various interpretatives approaches applied to his thought throughout the history of philosophy. This is an essential reference tool for anyone working in the field of ancient philosophy.
Plato’s interest in vision and the visual is multifaceted, and complex. Visual words and images are frequent in the dialogues along with many direct and indirect discussions of physiological, intellectual, and social vision. The increased emphasis in recent scholarship on the importance of visuality in Plato is a part of a ‘scopic turn,’ the effect of which was to ground interpretations of the history of western European philosophy and metaphysics in its entirety in certain optical premises.