Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 16, Issue 2, Spring 2012

Marisa Diaz-Waian, J. Angelo Corlett
Pages 157-195

Kraut and Annas on Plato
Why Mouthpiece Interpreters are Stuck in the Cave

Mouthpiece interpreters of Plato such as Richard Kraut and Julia Annas believe that Plato had philosophical beliefs, doctrines, and theories that he intended to convey in his dialogues. We argue that some of their primary arguments for this approach to Plato are problematic and that there is a more promising approach to Plato’s dialogues than the mouthpiece interpretation, all things considered.