Suzanne’s Approach to Plato’s Dialogues


Bernard Suzanne has a theory of how to read 28 Platonic dialogues in order.

http://plato-dialogues.org/tetralog.htm

 
Overview
of tetralogies
a i t i a
(cause)
epithumiai (desires)phusis (nature) thumos (will)
krisis (judgment)
èthos (behavior)
logos (reason)
kosmos (order)
Tetralogy 1 :
The start of the quest
what is man ?
ALCIBIADES
man
LYSIS
friendship
(philo-)
LACHES
manhood
(andreia)
CHARMIDES
wisdom
(-sophos)
Tetralogy 2 :
The sophists
eikasia (conjecture)
PROTAGORAS
relativism
HIPPIAS Major
illusion of
beauty
HIPPIAS Minor
illusion of
the “hero”
GORGIAS
illusion of
logos
Tetralogy 3 :
Socrates’ trial

pistis (true belief)
MENO
pragmatism
EUTHYPHRO 

letter of the
law

THE APOLOGY
OF SOCRATES
law
in action
CRITO 

spirit of the
law

Tetralogy 4 :
The soulpsuchè
THE SYMPOSIUM
the driving
force :
eros
PHÆDRUS
nature of
the soul :
erôs<=>logos
THE REPUBLIC
behaviour of
the soul :
justice
PHÆDO
destiny of
the soul :
being
Tetralogy 5 :
Speech (logos)
dianoia
(knowledge)
CRATYLUS
the words of
speech
ION
logos of the
poet
EUTHYDEMUS
logos of the
sophist
MENEXENUS
logos of the
politician
Tetralogy 6 :
Dialectic
epistèmè (science)
PARMENIDES
the traps of
reason
THEÆTETUS
the limits of
reason
THE SOPHIST
the laws of
reason
THE STATESMAN
the goals of
reason
Tetralogy 7 :
Man in the world
kosmos (order)
PHILEBUS
the good of
man
TIMÆUS
contemplating
(theôria)
CRITIAS
deciding
(krisis)
THE LAWS
acting
(erga)

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