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Plato and Intellectual Development

A New Theoretical Framework Emphasising the Higher-Order Pedagogy of the Platonic Dialogues

Authors: Saracco, Susanna

  • New understanding and application of Plato 
  • Provides educational insight from one of the great philosophers
  • Fresh research on a highly read topic
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About this book

This book reconstructs the impact of Plato’s words for the modern reader. In the Republic, Plato presented his schematization of human intellectual development, and called for collaboration between writer and reader. The response presented in this book results in a new theoretical framework for engaging with Plato’s dialogues. Susanna Saracco analyzes the epistemic function of Plato’s written words and explores Plato’s higher order pedagogy, in which students are not mere learners and teachers are not the depositories of the truth.

About the authors

Susanna Saracco  is a post-doctoral researcher, having received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Sydney, Australia. Her pieces have been published in the International Journal for Transformative Research, Metaphilosophy and Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel.

Reviews

“Saracco’s book is an exciting and creative contribution to our understanding of Plato’s pedagogy. Saracco shares a common view that Plato writes so as to encourage the intellectual development of his readers.  But she goes beyond the standard view in arguing that Plato calls for an especially wide-ranging collaboration between the author and the reader and that we can best appreciate the revolutionary power of Plato’s philosophy by grasping the analogical relations it has to various contemporary theories across a wide range of disciplines.  She carries out this program with great energy and imagination in exploring several illustrative examples.  Anyone interested in Plato’s pedagogy or the question of why Plato wrote as he did will want to read this important and fascinating book.” (Chris Bobonich, CI Lewis Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University, USA)

“This unusual and at times challenging book aims to reconstruct how Plato conceived intellectual development and contributed to cultural progress through a conception of higher order pedagogy. Saracco’s emphasis is very much on the pedagogical function of myth, which she defines as ‘an image for the mind’. A novelty of Saracco’s analysis is her use of modern theories of scientific modelling to elucidate the epistemic function of the Forms. But most surprising of all is the final chapter of the book describing a project whose laudable aim is to develop a philosophical pedagogy based on Plato’s texts to encourage critical thinking in 8-12 year olds, regardless of socioeconomic background. The modern world indeed has much to learn about pedagogy from Plato’s philosophical method, and Saracco’s book makes a stimulating contribution to the literature on the subject.” (Penelope Murray, Former Professor of Classics at the University of Warwick, UK)

“As a Neuroscientist, I have always been fascinated by the development in stages of the human intellect and the importance of the stimulation of it for its growth. Thanks to this beautiful book, for the first time, I have had the opportunity to reflect upon the contribution of philosophy to this topic. I have been very impressed by Saracco’s ability to describe the engagement that Plato creates with his text to encourage the rational development of the reader. I also loved Saracco’s analysis of the function of Plato’s Forms in relation to the modern use of modeling. Finally, I think that her project of using philosophy to promote the development of the thinking abilities of students who are 8-12 years old is a winning one: this project has the potential to create collaboration between humanities and science, and can surely enrich both.” (Antonello Bonci, Scientific Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH; Adj. Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Adj professor of Psychiatry University of Maryland; Adj Professor of Neuroscience Georgetown University, USA)

“Susanna Saracco sets out to convince us that Plato’s project was about the continual stimulation of engagement with the ways we produce and use knowledge, especially text-based knowledge, and how that engagement comes with active reading: to read is to contribute; a text is to be recreated by a collaborating co-author, occasion by occasion. One unique feature of this book is that the author provides an addendum in which she outlines an online dialogic program. The program is based on high levels of engagement in important topics, and focused questioning skills, all based on the Platonic dialogues. The project, as Saracco demonstrates, is both crucial and necessarily ongoing. Its preoccupations with thought, logic, and the talk-text relationship connect with philosophers’, social scientists’, and psychologists’ inquiries into the nature of science and human cognition and in the nature of human judgment.” (Peter Freebody, Honorary Professor, School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney; Honorary Professor, The University of Wollongong; Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia)

“This work is special in emphasizing the necessity for each reader to respond to Plato’s request to activate her/his intellectual capacity and to forge a new path of cognitive development together with Plato. Saracco’s interpretation is especially unique in maintaining that the individual rational growth, as envisaged by the Line in the Republic, does not reach completion at the line segment of noēsis, but continues with further stages of rational development. In accordance with this interpretation, she represents the four segments as equal in length, since the four stages have equal importance as the stages of theoretical childhood, to contribute to further human cognitive progress, and adds four further subsections as the cognitive stages of theoretical adulthood. Saracco stimulates the readers of her work to participate actively not only in interpretative reading of Plato’s texts, but also in their own project of educating themselves and others as free thinkers.”  (Yahei Kanayama, Professor of Philosophy, Nagoya University, Japan)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Saracco, Susanna

    Pages 1-12

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  • The Structure of Rational Engagement in the Reading of Plato

    Saracco, Susanna

    Pages 13-51

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  • Theoretical Childhood and Theoretical Adulthood

    Saracco, Susanna

    Pages 53-86

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  • Plato’s Forms and Scientific Modelling

    Saracco, Susanna

    Pages 87-105

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  • Theoretical Adulthood

    Saracco, Susanna

    Pages 107-123

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eBook 44,02 €
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Hardcover 57,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52586-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Softcover 57,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-84941-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Plato and Intellectual Development
Book Subtitle
A New Theoretical Framework Emphasising the Higher-Order Pedagogy of the Platonic Dialogues
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52587-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52587-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52586-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84941-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 140
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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