"a book such as Press's is very timely. It works out in detail the implications of Plato's use of the dialogue as a literary form, and suggests ways of reading the dialogues in the light of this, recognising such things as the mixture of truth and fiction, the use of irony and the use of myth" The international journal of the platonic tradition, 2009--Sanford Lakoff
Gerald A. Press is Professor of Philosophy at CUNY, USA and has published widely on Plato.
Introduction; Part I. Backgrounds; 1. Plato's Life and Works; 2. The Contexts for Interpreting Plato's Dialogues; Part II. Sources of Perplexity: Change; 3. A Brief History of Platonism and Plato Interpretation; 4. Dialogue Form; 5. Arguments and Ideas, Vision and Doctrines; 6. Fables, Myths, and Stories; 7. Irony and other forms of humor; 8. Play and seriousness; 9. Paradox; Part III. Plato's Philosophy: Permanence; 10. Platonic Anonymity and the Nature of Plato's Philosophy; 11. Persistent Themes and Plato's Vision; 12. The Platonic Path to Wisdom; Part IV: Help in Reading and Understanding Plato's Dialogues and His Philosophy; 13. How to Read a Platonic Dialogue; 14. Summaries of the Dialogues; Glossary of Greek Terms; Bibliography.