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Of Myth, Life, and War in Plato's Republic

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Publisher Comments:

"Baracchi has identified pivotal points around which the Republic operates; this allows a reading of the entire text to unfold.... a very beautifully written book." --Walter Brogan

"... a work that opens new and timely vistas within the Republic.... Her approach... is thorough and rigorous." --John Sallis

Although Plato's Republic is perhaps the most influential text in the history of Western philosophy, Claudia Baracchi finds that the work remains obscure and enigmatic. To fully understand and appreciate its meaning, she argues, we must attend to what its original language discloses. Through a close reading of the Greek text, attentive to the pervasiveness of story and myth, Baracchi investigates the dialogue's major themes. The first part of the book addresses issues of generation, reproduction, and decay as they apply to the founding of Socrates' just city. The second part takes up the connection between war and the cycle of life, employing a thorough analysis of Plato's rendition of the myth of Er. Baracchi shows that the Republic is concerned throughout with the complex but intertwined issues of life and war, locating the site of this tangled web of growth and destruction in the mythical dimension of the Platonic city.

About the Author

Claudia Baracchi is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The New School. Her articles on philosophy, art, and literary theory have appeared in numerous journals in English and Italian.

Table of Contents

Preliminary:

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Proleptikon

First Part: "Old women telling tales"(350 e): The City in View, the City

Envisioned

I. On Regeneration

Going Down, Or: In the Degenerating City

Figures of Corruption, Or: Against the Degenerating City

Regeneration, Or: Away from the City

II. The Law of (Re)production

The Magnified Letters of Justice

The Circle of Growth

Of Life: The Dictation of the Muses

Dia-logical Necessity

Of Justice without Idea

Second Part: "A tale was saved and not lost" (621 b): Vision at the End of the Visible

III. Preliminary Remarks in a Rhapsodic Form

Giving Back

Of Poets and Distance

Healing from Oblivion

The Poet and Other Voices

Apologa: The Ethos of Poesis

IV. War

Passing Places

The Feast of War

Moving Dialogue

Socrates' Third Way

Socrates contra Socratem

War and Greatness

V. Vision

Beyond the Gateway

Metax

Souls in a Meadow

The Image of the Law

The Choice of the Daimon

Having Loved Sopha

VI. (Re)birth

Un-ending

Appendix

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253214850
Author:
Baracchi, Claudia
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, Ind.
Subject:
Philosophy, ancient
Subject:
War in literature
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Phenomenology
Subject:
Classics; Continental; Philosophy
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Studies in continental thought
Series Volume:
107-237
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 index
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.32 x 6.2 x 0.66 in

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