Der platonische Dialog.
Carl Winter, Heidelberg, 1968. 59p. Sewn. Pages a bit yellowed. Series: Bibliothek der klassischen Altertumswissenschaften, Neue folge, 2. Reihe, Band 26. 'This essay deals with the relation between form and content in Plato's dialogues. The author uses the passage in the 'Phaedrus' (274 b ff.) about the value of the written word as a starting point for his discussion. He describes the dialogues as 'philosophical poetry', imitative in nature (...); their form, he argues, is 'the one legitimate form' in which the philosopher's logos can be represented in writing. He gives more precision to this by showing, through an analysis of the 'Meno' how Plato exemplifies in dialogue the process of learning, conceived as a conversion of the soul form opinion to knowledge. Finally he argues that what is true of the 'Meno' is true of the other dialogues; each dialogue exemplifies some stage or other in the process of learning. And to the extent that he thinks that the dialogues express in this way Plato's own convictions about the aims and methods of philosophical inquiry, the author is ready to accept them as evidence for Plato's serious philosophical views. This essay over-simplifies the problem it is dealing with. But within the limitations of its thesis it is completely done.' (NORMAN GULLEY in The classical Review (New Series), 1970, p.248).