The Poetics of Philosophical Language: Plato, Poets and Presocratics in the Republic

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Walter de Gruyter, 2011 - Philosophy - 292 pages

A close analysis of the Republic's diverse literary styles shows how the peculiarities of verbal texture in Platonic discourse can be explained by Plato's remolding of tropes and techniques from poetry and the Presocratics. This book argues that Plato smuggles poetic language into the Republic's prose in order to characterize the deceitful coloration and polymorphy that accompanies the world of Becoming as opposed to the Real. Plato's distinctive discourse thus can transmit, even to those figures focused on the visual within his Republic, the shiftiness of the base and the unjust.


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Zacharoula A. Petraki, University of the Peloponnese andUniversity of Crete, Greece.

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