Preface; 1. The Parmenides; 2. The Theaetetus in the context of later dialogues; 3. Being and not-being in the Sophist; 4. The new dialectic: from the Phaedrus to the Philebus; 5. Philebus and the movement to cosmology; 6. Timaeus and the completion of the project: the recovery of the natural world; Epilogue: Plato as a political philosopher.
These six diverse and difficult dialogues are seen together as aspects of Plato's project of reformulating his theory of Forms.
Charles H. Kahn is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include Anaximander and the Origins of Greek Cosmology, 3rd edition (1994), The Art and Thought of Heraclitus: A New Arrangement and Translation of the Fragments with Literary and Philosophical Commentary (1979), Plato and the Socratic Dialogue: The Philosophical Use of a Literary Form (1997) and Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans: A Brief History (2001).