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Divide and Collect: Understanding Method in Plato

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Project "DICTUM" data sheet

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Organization address
address: MUSEPLASSEN 1
city: BERGEN
postcode: 5020

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 Coordinator Country Norway [NO]
 Project website
 Total cost 208˙400 €
 EC max contribution 208˙400 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-06-01   to  2019-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN NO (BERGEN) coordinator 208˙400.00


 Project objective

DICTUM (Divide and Collect: Understanding Platonic Method) is a research project that investigates the origins of the Western ideal of rational inquiry, Plato’s conception of dialectic. The project examines this conception under the hypothesis that, contrary to a near-consensus in present-day scholarship, Plato’s dialogues embody a unified understanding of dialectic. The experienced researcher tests this hypothesis systematically by minute philosophical analyses of Plato’s dialogues that will be supported by philological and historical considerations.

Plato's conception of dialectic is central to his idea of philosophy and consequently to our understanding of Plato. His discussion of dialectic is also the first philosophical inquiry into the nature of method and central to large parts of the Western and Islamic philosophical traditions. Despite this, very few modern attempts to present a unified Platonic dialectic exist, a consequence of interpretative assumptions underlying the bulk of modern Plato scholarship. DICTUM will challenge these assumptions. The interpretation of Plato is important to classical scholarship in philosophy, philology, and history of ideas, as well as to contemporary philosophy concerned with dialectical inquiry. By challenging the interpretative assumptions underlying the now dominant picture of Platonic method, the project is likely to have a significant impact on these fields of study.

The main hypothesis of DICTUM subsumes four sub-hypotheses (detailed in the project description), and each hypothesis will be tested in discussion with DICTUM's two supervisors. Four articles will treat of each sub-hypothesis and they will constitute the core of DICTUM's dissemination strategy; the project also includes an international conference on Platonic dialectic as well as workhops and lectures and public dissemination activities.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Jens Kristian Larsen
Politiske ideer i Platons *Phaidon*
published pages: 46-68, ISSN: 0800-7136, DOI:
Agora 02-02/2018, vol 35 2019-10-28
2020 Jens Kristian Larsen
What are Collections and Divisions Good For? A reconsideration of Plato’s Phaedrus
published pages: not known yet, ISSN: 0740-2007, DOI:
Ancient Philosophy 40 2019-10-28
2019 Jens Kristian Larsen
Eleaticism and Socratic Dialectic: On Ontology, Philosophical Inquiry, and Estimations of Worth in Plato’s Parmenides
published pages: , ISSN: 2275-1785, DOI: 10.4000/etudesplatoniciennes.1478
Études platoniciennes 15 2019-10-28

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