Plato's Animals

Plato's Animals : Gadflies, Horses, Swans, and Other Philosophical Beasts

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Plato's Animals examines the crucial role played by animal images, metaphors, allusions, and analogies in Plato's Dialogues. These fourteen lively essays demonstrate that the gadflies, snakes, stingrays, swans, dogs, horses, and other animals that populate Plato's work are not just rhetorical embellishments. Animals are central to Plato's understanding of the hierarchy between animals, humans, and gods and are crucial to his ideas about education, sexuality, politics, aesthetics, the afterlife, the nature of the soul, and philosophy itself. The volume includes a comprehensive annotated index to Plato's bestiary in both Greek and English.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.49mm | 22g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0253016177
  • 9780253016171
  • 2,106,288

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Remarkable.33.2 2016 * Polis * Plato's Animals is a strong volume of beautifully written paeans to postmodern themes found in premodern thought. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * Recommended. * Choice *
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About Jeremy Bell

Jeremy Bell is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University.Michael Naas is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. He is author of Miracle and Machine: Jacques Derrida and the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media and Derrida From Now On.
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Table of contents

Editors' Introduction: Plato's MenageriePart I. The Animal of Fable and Myth1. Making Music with Aesop's Fables in the Phaedo / Heidi Northwood2. "Talk to the Animals": On the Myth of Cronos in the Statesman / David Farrell KrellPart II. Socrates as muops and nark3. American Gadfly: Plato and the Problem of Metaphor / Michael Naas4. Till Human Voices Wake Us and We Drown: The Aporia-fish in the Meno / Thomas ThorpPart III. The Socratic Animal as Truth-Teller and Provocateur5. We the Bird-Catchers: Receiving the Truth in the Phaedo and the Apology / S. Montgomery Ewegen6. The Dog on the Fly / H. Peter SteevesPart IV. The Political Animal7. Taming Horses and Desires: Plato's Politics of Care / Jeremy Bell8. Who Let the Dogs Out? Tracking the Philosophical Life among the Wolves and Dogs of the Republic / Christopher LongPart V. The (En)gendered Animal9. The City of Sows and Sexual Differentiation in the Republic / Marina McCoy10. Animality and Sexual Difference in the Timaeus / Sara BrillPart VI. The Philosophical Animal11. Animal Sacrifice in Plato's Later Methodology / Holly Moore12. The Animals That Therefore We Were? Aristophanes's Double-Creatures and the Question of Origins / Drew A. HylandPart VII. Animals and the Afterlife13. Animals and Angels: The Myth of Life as a Whole in Republic 10 / Claudia Baracchi14. Of Beasts and Heroes: The Promiscuity of Humans and Animals in the Myth of Er / Francisco J. GonzalezList of ContributorsPlato's Animals IndexName and Subject Index
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