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Plato and the Invention of Life$
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Michael Naas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279678

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279678.001.0001

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The Measure of Life and Logos

The Measure of Life and Logos

(p.98) Chapter 4 The Measure of Life and Logos
Plato and the Invention of Life

Michael Naas

Fordham University Press

Chapter 4 examines Plato’s distinction between two forms of measure (relative measure and the measure of the mean) and the values of life they ultimately embody or represent (274e–287a). In the Statesman, Plato comes to see—and perhaps for the first time in his dialogues—that all production and, perhaps, all life actually depend on this measure of the mean, a notion that Plato had certainly used or deployed in dialogues before the Statesman but never commented on or analyzed as such. The chapter concludes by considering the implications of this measure of the mean for logos or discourse, whether that discourse be merely rhetorical or, as in the Statesman itself, philosophical.

Keywords:   life, measure, Plato, Statesman

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