Plato's dialogues organized as tetrologies?

Reply Sun 23 Nov, 2008 03:50 pm
I came across this idea a while ago, and if true would change our understanding of the context of Plato's dialogues. According to this theory, Plato has 28 dialogues which can be organized into seven tetrologies. If Plato did not intend to organize his dialogues in this fashion, it certainly works ex post facto.

Plato's dialogues - the tetralogies (table version)

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Reply Sun 23 Nov, 2008 05:55 pm
I always find such neatness and numerology interesting, and perhaps they may throw the corpus into a new perspective, but I never take them seriously. In this case, it is a reasonable assumption that Plato did not intend such a structure, and there are other "divisions" of his works that seem, at least to me, more reflective of his philosophical process as he thought about problems.
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