Plato and Sex

Plato and Sex

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What does the study of Plato's dialogues tell us about the modern meaning of `sex'? How can recent developments in the philosophy of sex and gender help us read these ancient texts anew? Plato and Sex addresses these questions for the first time. Each chapter demonstrates how the modern reception of Plato's works D in both mainstream and feminist philosophy and psychoanalytical theory D has presupposed a `natural-biological' conception of what sex might mean. Through a critical comparison between our current understanding of sex and Plato's notion of genos, Plato and Sex puts this presupposition into question. With its groundbreaking interpretations of the Republic, the Symposium and the Timaeus, this book opens up a new approach to sex as a philosophical concept. Including critical readings of the theories of sex and sexuation in Freud and Lacan, and relating such theories to Plato's writings, Plato and Sex both questions our assumptions about sex and explains how those assumptions have coloured our understanding of Plato. What results is not only an original reading of some of the most prominent aspects of Plato's philosophy, but a new attempt to think through the meaning of sex today.show more

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  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 2nd ed.
  • 9780745657110

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"A groundbreaking work in feminist philosophy.""New Formations""A serious contribution to scholarship in the field of ancientphilosophy as well as a serious contribution to feministphilosophy.""Radical Philosophy"""Plato and Sex" is a groundbreaking treatment of the role ofsex in Plato's dialogues. An extended commentary on and source ofsupport for recent attempts to denaturalize our concepts of sex andgender, the book is a major contribution to feminist approaches toPlato, to gender/sexuality studies of Plato, and togender/sexuality studies as a whole."Deborah Achtenberg, University of Nevada "This is an original new contribution to the debate on thelimits of the concepts of sex and gender. Sandford questionstraditional and feminist interpretations of Plato with equal powerand insight, and opens a new possibility for conceptualizing humanexistence. This is not a request for a return to Ancient forms ofthinking but a critical argument which works for thepresent."Sara Heinamaa, University of Helsinki"Sandford offers the intriguing idea that, in interpretingPlato, the categories of man and woman, male and female, are not tobe construed as natural-biological ones, but as moral categories, thus explaining the evolution (or rather, devolution) of women, asinferior souls, from men, as superior souls. The study should provea welcome addition to the intersection of various disciplines, including feminist theory, philosophy and classics."Julie Ward, Loyola University Chicago "A groundbreaking work in feminist philosophy." "New Formations" "A serious contribution to scholarship in the field of ancient philosophy as well as a serious contribution to feminist philosophy." "Radical Philosophy" ""Plato and Sex" is a groundbreaking treatment of the role of sex in Plato's dialogues. An extended commentary on and source of support for recent attempts to denaturalize our concepts of sex and gender, the book is a major contribution to feminist approaches to Plato, to gender/sexuality studies of Plato, and to gender/sexuality studies as a whole." Deborah Achtenberg, University of Nevada "This is an original new contribution to the debate on the limits of the concepts of sex and gender. Sandford questions traditional and feminist interpretations of Plato with equal power and insight, and opens a new possibility for conceptualizing human existence. This is not a request for a return to Ancient forms of thinking but a critical argument which works for the present." Sara Heinamaa, University of Helsinki "Sandford offers the intriguing idea that, in interpreting Plato, the categories of man and woman, male and female, are not to be construed as natural-biological ones, but as moral categories, thus explaining the evolution (or rather, devolution) of women, as inferior souls, from men, as superior souls. The study should prove a welcome addition to the intersection of various disciplines, including feminist theory, philosophy and classics." Julie Ward, Loyola University Chicago "A groundbreaking work in feminist philosophy." New Formations "A serious contribution to scholarship in the field of ancient philosophy as well as a serious contribution to feminist philosophy." Radical Philosophy "Plato and Sex is a groundbreaking treatment of the role of sex in Plato's dialogues. An extended commentary on and source of support for recent attempts to denaturalize our concepts of sex and gender, the book is a major contribution to feminist approaches to Plato, to gender/sexuality studies of Plato, and to gender/sexuality studies as a whole." Deborah Achtenberg, University of Nevada "This is an original new contribution to the debate on the limits of the concepts of sex and gender. Sandford questions traditional and feminist interpretations of Plato with equal power and insight, and opens a new possibility for conceptualizing human existence. This is not a request for a return to Ancient forms of thinking but a critical argument which works for the present." Sara Heinamaa, University of Helsinki "Sandford offers the intriguing idea that, in interpreting Plato, the categories of man and woman, male and female, are not to be construed as natural-biological ones, but as moral categories, thus explaining the evolution (or rather, devolution) of women, as inferior souls, from men, as superior souls. The study should prove a welcome addition to the intersection of various disciplines, including feminist theory, philosophy and classics." Julie Ward, Loyola University Chicago -A groundbreaking work in feminist philosophy.- New Formations -A serious contribution to scholarship in the field of ancient philosophy as well as a serious contribution to feminist philosophy.- Radical Philosophy -Plato and Sex is a groundbreaking treatment of the role of sex in Plato's dialogues. An extended commentary on and source of support for recent attempts to denaturalize our concepts of sex and gender, the book is a major contribution to feminist approaches to Plato, to gender/sexuality studies of Plato, and to gender/sexuality studies as a whole.- Deborah Achtenberg, University of Nevada -This is an original new contribution to the debate on the limits of the concepts of sex and gender. Sandford questions traditional and feminist interpretations of Plato with equal power and insight, and opens a new possibility for conceptualizing human existence. This is not a request for a return to Ancient forms of thinking but a critical argument which works for the present.- Sara Heinamaa, University of Helsinki -Sandford offers the intriguing idea that, in interpreting Plato, the categories of man and woman, male and female, are not to be construed as natural-biological ones, but as moral categories, thus explaining the evolution (or rather, devolution) of women, as inferior souls, from men, as superior souls. The study should prove a welcome addition to the intersection of various disciplines, including feminist theory, philosophy and classics.- Julie Ward, Loyola University Chicagoshow more

About Stella Sandford

Stella Sandford is Principal Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements vi Introduction 1 1 Sex and Genos (Republic) 11 2 The Origin of Sex: Aristophanes, Freud and Lacan (Symposium) 41 3 `Eros' and `Sexuality', Plato and Freud (Symposium) 71 4 `I, a Man, am Pregnant and Give Birth' (Symposium) 98 5 Of Gods and Men: The Natural Beginning of Sex (Timaeus) 128 Coda: The Idea of `Sex' 157 Notes 166 Bibliography 198 Index 207show more

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