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ERIC Number: ED438542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 15
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The Treasures of Plato's "Phaedrus": A Creative Interpretation for Teaching and Learning in Modern Day.
Brandenburg, Maryanne
This paper reflects upon Plato's "Phaedrus" from a background in education and experience teaching written business communications. The interpretation and development presented are guided by the Platonic method of collection and division, which is introduced in "Phaedrus." The paper begins with an evaluative overview, followed by an interpretation of Plato's collective orientation to the work. Major parts of the dialogue, such as Lysias' and Socrates' speeches and immortal forms represented, are then analyzed, followed by a synthetic reflection that provides a brief review of the organic whole, and a concise critique of the quality and helpfulness of R. Hackforth's commentary. The closing summary suggests that: (1) "Phaedrus" challenges the reader's intellect and supplies deeper perception with each reading; (2) it contains a related set of themes and subthemes which all serve to improve the soul and intellect; and (3) the degree of focused mental activities engaged by the reader is at least a partial indicator of the value "Phaedrus" will impart. (EF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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