The Emergence of Reflexivity in Greek Language and Thought: From Homer to Plato and Beyond

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BRILL, Feb 17, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 300 pages
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Contemporary preoccupation with the self and the rise of comparative anthropology have renewed scholarly interest in the forms of personhood current in Ancient Greece. However the word which translates self most literally, the intensive adjective and reflexive morpheme , and its critical role in the construction of human being have for the most part been neglected. This monograph rights the imbalance by redirecting attention to the diachronic development of the heavily marked reflexive system and its exploitation by thinkers to articulate an increasingly reflexive and non-dialogical understanding of the human subject and its world. It argues that these two developmental trajectories are connected and provides new insight into the intellectual history of subjectivity in the West.

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1 Thought And Language
2 Homer
3 Early Lyric Iambus And Elegy
4 The Presocratics
5 Conscience And The Reflexivisation Of Sunoida
6 Tragedy And Comedy
7 Plato
8 Conclusion
Index locorum
Index Nominum et Rerum

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Edward T. Jeremiah, Ph.D. (2010) in Classics, The University of Melbourne, lectures and tutors in classics at Melbourne and Monash Universities. He is currently researching the linguistic and terminological features of the doxographical tradition as part of the Aėtiana project.

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