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

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"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 SallisAlthough 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.7 x 16.8mm | 426.38g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 index
  • 0253214858
  • 9780253214850
  • 920,758

About Professor Claudia Baracchi

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.show more

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"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, Villanova University " "Dr. Baracchi has produced a work that opens new and timely vistas within the Republic, probably the single most influential text in the history of Western thought. Her approach ... is thorough and rigorous. --John" "Sallis, Pennsylvania State Universityshow more

Table of contents

Preliminary:AcknowledgmentsIntroductionProleptikonFirst Part: "Old women telling tales"(350 e): The City in View, the CityEnvisionedI. On Regeneration Going Down, Or: In the Degenerating City Figures of Corruption, Or: Against the Degenerating City Regeneration, Or: Away from the CityII. 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 IdeaSecond Part: "A tale was saved and not lost" (621 b): Vision at the End of the VisibleIII. Preliminary Remarks in a Rhapsodic Form Giving Back Of Poets and Distance Healing from Oblivion The Poet and Other Voices Apologa: The Ethos of PoesisIV. War Passing Places The Feast of War Moving Dialogue Socrates' Third Way Socrates contra Socratem War and GreatnessV. Vision Beyond the Gateway Metax Souls in a Meadow The Image of the Law The Choice of the Daimon Having Loved SophaVI. (Re)birthUn-endingAppendixNotesSelected BibliographyIndexshow more

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