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Writing versus speaking and the quest for self-knowledge in Plato's Phaedrus

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Writing versus speaking and the quest for self-knowledge in Plato's Phaedrus

Stein, Eric (2010) Writing versus speaking and the quest for self-knowledge in Plato's Phaedrus. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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In Plato's Phaedrus Socrates tells his interlocutor Phaedrus about how writing is a copy of speech and thus inferior to speech. But it can be suggested that this is less of an indictment than it is a warning. Writing is a medium that induces the appearance of knowledge but not knowledge per se. The Platonic dialogue teaches in its form how writing can be useful and this is when it can induce the quest for self-discovery and self-knowledge onto its readers

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Stein, Eric
Pagination:vii, 118 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Political Science
Date:2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Hutter, H
ID Code:979234
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:09 Dec 2014 17:55
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:48
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