Watch the authors read a dialogue from the book in the video below.



In Platonic Occasions: Dialogues on Literature, Art and Culture, Richard Begam and James Soderholm reflect upon a wide range of thinkers, writers and ideas from Plato, Descartes and Nietzsche to Shakespeare.

Begam and Soderholm’s ten dialogues function as a series of dual-meditations. The dialogues suggest that “We are all Greeks,” and yet questions what we have actually learned about the initiatives of culture and literature since our classical predecessors. Platonic Occasions is an experiment in criticism in a form of intellectual interplay where the authors invite the reader to imagine what the dialogic imagination can do when inspired by Platonic inquiry.

Platonic Occasions is the first volume in Stockholm English Studies (SES), which is a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press.