Profound Ignorance: Plato's Charmides and the Saving of Wisdom

2016.05.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Lawrence Levine, Profound Ignorance: Plato's Charmides and the Saving of Wisdom, Lexington Books, 2016, 357pp., $100.00
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2016.05.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Lawrence Levine, Profound Ignorance: Plato's Charmides and the Saving of Wisdom, Lexington Books, 2016, 357pp., $100.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781498501767. Reviewed by Thomas M. Tuozzo, University of Kansas David Lawrence Levine offers us a sustained reading of Plato's relatively neglected dialogue Charmides. On one level that dialogue can be seen as a philosophical investigation into what has been called the quintessentially Greek quality of sophrosyne, often translated "moderation" or "temperance." Such translations as these, however, cover only part of the wide semantic field of the Greek word, and Levine reasonably decided to leave the word untranslated. The aspect of this virtue (never in fact called a virtue in the dialogue, as Levine notes) that is highlighted and subjected to the most intense scrutiny in the dialogue is not the control of physical appetites, but rather the condition enjoined by the. . .

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