8. The Platonic Dialogue

  1. Mary Louise Gill2 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin3
  1. Christopher Gill

Published Online: 8 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch8

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

How to Cite

Gill, C. (2012) The Platonic Dialogue, in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (eds M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Author Information

  1. University of Exeter, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631210610

Online ISBN: 9781444305845



  • the Platonic dialogue, “objective-participant” or “inter-objective” standpoint;
  • the Platonic dialogue, distinctive literary form, Plato's philosophical objectives;
  • the Platonic version of the genre, distinctive qualities defined;
  • interpretative reading of the Platonic dialogues;
  • modern scholarship on the dialogue, Platonic works as distinct groups;
  • the dialogues, a distinctive literary form, of Socratic-Platonic philosophy;
  • Platonic dialogues, methods of argument and quality of argumentation;
  • methodology of Socratic elenchus, cross-examination of interlocutors by Socrates;
  • dialogue form and periodization, early Platonic dialogues on Socrates’ trial-speech;
  • dialogues, read as maieutic, independent philosophical reflections in readers


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Styles of Reading and Conceptions of Philosophy

  • The Dialogue Form and Periodization

  • A Maieutic Response to the Question of Periodization

  • Bibliography