Plato and Myth: Studies on the Use and Status of Platonic Myths

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Catherine Collobert, Pierre Destrée, Francisco J. Gonzalez
BRILL, Feb 17, 2012 - Philosophy - 476 pages
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This volume seeks to show how the philosophy of Plato relates to the literary form of his discourse. Myth is one aspect of this relation whose importance for the study of Plato is only now beginning to be recognized. Reflection on this topic is essential not only for understanding Plato s conception of philosophy and its methods, but also for understanding more broadly the relation between philosophy and literature. The twenty chapters of this volume, contributed by scholars of diverse backgrounds and approaches, elucidate the various uses and statuses of Platonic myths in the first place by reflecting on myth per se and in the second place by focusing on a specific myth in the Platonic corpus.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Reflections on the Nature of Platonic Myths
11
1 Platos Exoteric Myths
13
2 Myth and Interpretation
25
3 Literal and Deeper Meanings in Platonic Myths
47
4 The Freedom of Platonic Myth
67
Myth As Informative Phantasma
87
6 Spectacles from Hades On Platos Myths and Allegories in the Republic
109
Platos Geography of Dying and ComingbacktoLife
199
12 Choice of Life and SelfTransformation in the Myth of Er
235
The Myth of Er as Both Philosophys Challenge and Inspiration
259
14 The Myth of Theuth in the Phaedrus
279
15 Myth and Truth in Platos Phaedrus
305
16 Theriomorphism and the Composite Soul in Plato
323
17 Myth Image and Likeness in Platos Timaeus
343
18 Why Is the Timaeus Called an Eikos Muthos and an Eikos Logos?
369

Part II Approaches to Platonic Myths
125
The Story of Prometheus in the Protagoras
127
8 Religion and Morality Elements of Platos Anthropology in the Myth of Prometheus Protagoras 320d322d
145
Myth and Elenchos in Platos Gorgias
165
Taking Plato Seriously
187
19 Why Two Epochs of Human History? On the Myth of the Statesman
393
a Myth?
419
References
435
Index locorum
455
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Pierre Destrée, Ph.D. (1994) in Philosophy, University of Louvain, is Research Associate at the Fonds Belge de la Recherche Scientifique, and Associate Professor at the University of Louvain. His publications include numerous articles in ancient Greek ethics, and aesthetics. With Brill, he has co-edited (with Ch. Bobonich) Akrasia in Greek Philosophy (2007), and (with F.-G. Herrmann) Plato and the Poets (2011).Catherine Collobert, Ph.D. (1992) in Philosophy, University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. She has published numerous articles and books in Ancient Philosophy including Parier sur le temps: la quête héroïque d'immortalité dans l'épopée homérique (Les Belles Lettres, 2011). Francisco J. Gonzalez, Ph.D. (1991) in Philosophy, University of Toronto, is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. He has published widely in the areas of Ancient Philosophy and Contemporary Continental Philosophy, including: (ed.) The Third Way: New Directions in Platonic Studies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), Dialectic and Dialogue: Plato's Practice of Philosophical Inquiry (Northwestern, 1998), and Plato and Heidegger: A Question of Dialogue (Penn State, 2009).Contributors: Luc Brisson, Claude Calame, Catherine Collobert, Pierre Destrée, Monique Dixsaut, Louis-André Dorion, Radcliffe G. Edmonds III, G. R. F. Ferrari, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Elsa Grasso, Christoph Horn, Annie Larivée, Christopher Moore, Kathryn Morgan, Glenn Most, Elizabeth Pender, Christopher Rowe, Harold Tarrant, Franco Trabattoni, Gerd van Riel

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