The Philosopher's New Clothes

The Philosopher's New Clothes : The Theaetetus, the Academy, and Philosophy's Turn against Fashion

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This book takes a new approach to the question, "Is the philosopher to be seen as universal human being or as eccentric?". Through a reading of the Theaetetus, Pappas first considers how we identify philosophers - how do they appear, in particular how do they dress? The book moves to modern philosophical treatments of fashion, and of "anti-fashion". He argues that aspects of the fashion/anti-fashion debate apply to antiquity, indeed that nudity at the gymnasia was an anti-fashion. Thus anti-fashion provides a way of viewing ancient philosophy's orientation toward a social world in which, for all its true existence elsewhere, philosophy also has to more

Product details

  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 16mm | 498g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1138929565
  • 9781138929562

About Nickolas Pappas

Nickolas Pappas is Professor of Philosophy at the City College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York, USAshow more

Table of contents

Introduction What philosophers do Philosophy for everyone The philosopher as eccentric Plato on the normal philosopher Socratic legacies How the philosopher appears Part I. Socrates in the Theaetetus Chapter 1. Entering the Theaetetus Plato's Academy The Academy in Plato's Theaetetus The frame of the Theaetetus Enter Theaetetus Socrates as midwife No place for philosophy Chapter 2. Being a philosopher teaching philosophy The cost of entering the Academy Unwritten teachings The shoemaker The Cyrenaics Pigs and dogheads School as institution Conclusion Chapter 3. Philosophy's first citizen Wrestling and civilization Where the wrestling happens Two myths of philosophy's beginning (arche) Wonder and the rainbow Iris the teras Socrates the philosopher A new myth of philosophy's arche Philosopher as headmaster The philosophical gentleman Beyond the Theaetetus Part II. Philosophy Regarding Fashion Chapter 4. Fashion in philosophy Fashion thinking The emperor's new clothes Philosophy of fashion today Imitation according to the tradition Beau Brummell, beyond imitating The foreigner Chapter 5. Anti-fashion Alternative to fashion The tradition of anti-fashion Anti-fashion today The suit Denim jeans Body art Black Black and the body Chapter 6. Fashion in antiquity The threat of anachronism. Ancient fashion? Diversity and contingency in dress Change in dress Justification for change in dress Plato's Republic "Better" Part III. The Philosopher's New Clothes Chapter 7. There is no outfit like Greek nudity Nudity in modern Europe Nudity for non-Greeks Recent treatments of Greek nudity Pausanias Inspection, sexual and otherwise Chaste nudity Ritual nudity Ritual nudity and athletics Civic nudity Theatetus Chapter 8. You can tell a philosopher The Cynic display of withdrawal The limits of philosophical costume Platonic philosophical nudity Platonic anti-fashion Thoreau Kierkegaardshow more