Introduction

Plato's middle dialogues have received an extraordinary amount of attention, and much work has been done to illuminate his engagement with other philosophers and the sophists as he articulates a range of doctrines therein.1 Socrates, Parmenides, and Heraclitus are regularly identified as the key influences on Plato's theory of Forms. According to the standard account, Plato continues Socrates' quest undertaken in opposition to the sophists to articulate what objective standards in the arena of...

Acknowledgments

I have had occasion to present ideas developed in the book in various settings. Some material was presented at several of the annual conferences cosponsored by the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, which are held each October at SUNY Binghamton. Portions of it were also presented to the Department of Philosophy at SUNY Albany, at the American Society for Aesthetics conference at Asilomar in 1997, and at the Conference on...