Socrates, Plato and the Tao

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TitleSocrates, Plato and the Tao
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsGrippe, E. J.
JournalPhilosophy in the Contemporary World
Volume9
Pagination61
Date Published2002
ISBN Number1077-1999
KeywordsAsian, Philosophy, Plato, Socrates, Taoism
Abstract

This paper is a reconsideration of Platonic dialogues in the light of Taoist insights. The application of Socratic ignorance to the entire corpus of Plato reveals the yin and yang not only in the internal dialogue between Socrates and Plato, but also between Plato and his reader. Furthermore, this approach brings to the surface the necessity of the dialectic relation between the yang of Western analysis and the yin of Asian intuition to the revelation of the Tao.