The Pseudo-Platonic Seventh Letter

2015.11.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Myles Burnyeat and Michael Frede, The Pseudo-Platonic Seventh Letter, Dominic Scott (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2015, 224pp.,
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2015.11.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Myles Burnyeat and Michael Frede, The Pseudo-Platonic Seventh Letter, Dominic Scott (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2015, 224pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198733652. Reviewed by Charles H. Kahn, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania The Seventh Epistle is once again a subject of controversy. When I was a graduate student in the 1950's, the question of authenticity seemed to have been settled. None of my teachers (including David Grene and Kurt von Fritz) ever expressed any doubts that this letter was an authentic work of Plato. Nor had the schools of Werner Jaeger and Friedrich Solmsen regarded this as a matter of controversy. (After initial skepticism, Wilamovitz had also embraced the letter.) However, to my surprise, skepticism began to reassert itself in the late 20th century, notably in the book of Ludwig Edelstein (1966). The denial of authenticity has now achieved definitive. . .

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