We shall now try to pull our three threads together. Those who favour a unitarian view of Plato may object to a time-table involving what looks like two conversions. But in spite of appearances, no rigid schematization of the Corpus has been intended (cf. the fairly detailed discussion of transitional dialogues). Our aim is rather to make plausible that Plato’s thought develops in three connected areas in three roughly coinciding stages. The dovetailing of Plato’s fabric of thought has been assumed and worked out from three different angles. The outcome of this must now be given a concise formulation.
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