SEVERAL PARADIGMS IN INTERPRETING PLATO’S PHILOSOPHY

Jasmina Naumoska

Abstract


There is no other work in the history of philosophy that was as
equivocally interpreted as the work of Plato. Considering the
interpretative history of Plato’s works we can see that this intellectual
activity became so systematical and profound that we can speak of
forming one sub discipline in Plato studies. According to the several
characteristic starting points, there can be differentiated several paradigms
in interpreting Plato’s philosophy: Schleiermacher’s romantic
paradigm, developmental paradigm, Krämer’s and Strauss’ esoteric paradigm,
analytic and dramatic paradigm. With no intention to support
one of these theories, this article tends to argue about the “objective”
attempts to interpret Plato’s works and to indicate that today’s systematic
interpreter should go back discovering the “truth”, more than
discovering the “meaning” of Plato’s philosophy.


Key words: HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY, INTERPRETATION,
PARADIGM, PLATO, DIALOGUES.


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