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    Is Socrates Free? The Theaetetus as Case Study.Andy German - 2017 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (4):621-641.
    Most scholars agree that Plato’s concept of freedom, to the extent he has one, is ‘intellectualist’: true freedom is submission to the rule of reason through philosophical knowledge of rational order. Surprisingly, though, there are few explicit linkages of philosophy and freedom in Plato. Socrates is called many things in the dialogues, but not ‘free’. I aim to understand why by studying the Theaetetus, heretofore ignored in discussions of Platonic freedom. By examining the Digression and Socrates’ ‘dream’ about wholes and (...)
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    Tyrant and Philosopher: Two Fundamental Lives in Plato’s Myth of Er.Andy German - 2012 - Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 29 (1):42-61.
    What is the significance of the recurring link between tyranny and philosophy in Plato? Often, Plato’s treatment of tyranny is discussed either in the context of moral psychology—as a problem of agency, moral choice and akrasia — or political science, where it is the limit case of political decline. It is suggested, however, that a close inspection of the myth of Er and an elucidation of its neglected links, not just with the rest of the Republic but also with dialogues (...)
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    David Ciavatta. Spirit, the Family and the Unconscious in Hegel’s Philosophy. [REVIEW]Andy R. German - 2012 - The Owl of Minerva 44 (1/2):145-154.
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    Hegel on Self-Consciousness: Desire and Death in the Phenomenology of Spirit (Review).Andy R. German - 2012 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (1):144-145.
  5. Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy.Andy German & James M. Ambury (eds.) - 2018 - New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.
    Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy is the first volume of essays dedicated to the whole question of self-knowledge and its role in Platonic philosophy. It brings together established and rising scholars from every interpretative school of Plato studies, and a variety of texts from across Plato's corpus - including the classic discussions of self-knowledge in the Charmides and Alcibiades I, and dialogues such as the Republic, Theaetetus, and Theages, which are not often enough mined for insights about (...)
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  6. Tyrant And Philosopher: Two Fundamental Lives In Platos Myth Of Er.Andy German - 2012 - Polis 29:42-61.
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    Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy.James M. Ambury & Andy German (eds.) - 2018 - Cambridge University Press.
    Knowledge and Ignorance of Self in Platonic Philosophy is the first volume of essays dedicated to the whole question of self-knowledge and its role in Platonic philosophy. It brings together established and rising scholars from every interpretative school of Plato studies, and a variety of texts from across Plato's corpus - including the classic discussions of self-knowledge in the Charmides and Alcibiades I, and dialogues such as the Republic, Theaetetus, and Theages, which are not often enough mined for insights about (...)
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    Speculari Aude.Andy German - 2015 - Review of Metaphysics 69 (2):347-372.
    What form can metaphysics still take in a philosophical modernity that has been decisively shaped by the impact of Kant’s critical project? This question has exercised Dieter Henrich, one of Kant’s greatest living interpreters. This paper focuses on Henrich’s intricate argument that metaphysical thinking, albeit of a new kind, remains indispensable especially in an age for which self-consciousness is a first principle. Henrich seeks a form of thought that can justify and preserve what he views as modernity’s greatest achievement, its (...)
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    Sosa, Ernest. Knowing Full Well.Andy German - 2012 - Review of Metaphysics 66 (2):386-388.
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    Plato.Andy German - 2012 - Ancient Philosophy 32 (1):198-202.
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    Παλιν Ἐξ Ἀρχησ.Andy German - 2019 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (2):305-321.
    I argue that Plato’s deployment of the resumptive phrase πάλιν ἐξ ἀρχῆς illuminates the philosophical significance of his art of transition in Socratic dialogues. These explicit calls for a new beginning often appear when a conversation fails to account for two particular elements of ordinary experience: assumptions about whole-part relations and about the interlocutor’s self-conception as a being responsive to basic rational and normative distinctions. Returning to the archē is a form of ἀνάμνησις, reminding us that these assumptions constitute true, (...)
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    Chronos, Psuchē, and Logos in Plato’s Euthydemus.Andy German - 2017 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2):289-305.
    Can the Euthydemus illuminate the philosophical significance of sophistry? In answering this question, I ask why the most direct and sustained confrontations between Socrates and the two brothers should all center on time and the soul. The Euthydemus, I argue, is a not primarily a polemic against eristic manipulation of language, but a diagnosis of the soul’s ambiguous unity. It shows that sophistic speech emerges from the soul’s way of relating to its own temporal character and to logos. Stated differently, (...)
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    Cosmic Mathematics, Human Erōs: A Comparison of Plato’s Timaeus and Symposium.Andy German - 2020 - International Philosophical Quarterly 60 (4):373-391.
    In her 2014 monograph, Sarah Broadie argues that Timaeus’s cosmology points to a radical Platonic insight: the full rationality of the cosmos requires the existence of individualized, autonomous, and finite beings like us. Only human life makes the cosmos truly complete. But can Timaeus do full justice to the uniquely human way of being and hence to his own insight? My paper argues that he cannot and that Plato means for us to see that he cannot, by showing how Timaeus (...)
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    What is 'First Philosophy'? Comments on Richard Velkley's Heidegger, Strauss, and the Premises of Philosophy.Andy German - 2013 - History of European Ideas 39 (6):899-915.
    Summary In a noteworthy new study, Richard Velkley brings together Martin Heidegger and Leo Strauss as part of a reexamination of the foundations and nature of philosophical questioning. In what follows, I critically reflect on this shared search for foundations, and particularly on the role of Plato in Strauss's effort to forge a new path for philosophy which moves away from Heidegger without losing sight of him.
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    Progressus Ad Infinitum?Andy German - 2022 - Ancient Philosophy 42 (1):49-65.
    In this paper, I argue that in the “Great Speech” of the Protagoras, Plato investigates the consequences of a view of history as progress away from nature, as expressed in Protagoras’ account of humanity’s origin and development. Socrates’ hedonistic calculus, in the dialogue’s second half, confronts Protagoras with the full implications of his view - showing how, absent a doctrine of natural human perfections, progress necessarily devours its own tail.
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    From Intermediates Through Eidetic Numbers: Plato on the Limits of Counting.Andy German - 2018 - Plato Journal 18:111-124.
    Many have argued that Plato’s intermediates are not independent entities. Rather, they exemplify the incapacity of discursive thought to cognizing Forms. But just what does this incapacity consist in? Any successful answer will require going beyond the intermediates themselves to another aspect of Plato’s mathematical thought - his attribution of a quasi-numerical structure to Forms. For our purposes, the most penetrating account of eidetic numbers is Jacob Klein’s, who saw clearly that eidetic numbers are part of Plato’s inquiry into the (...)
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