Plato's Exceptional City, Love, and Philosopher
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This book reconnoiters the appearances of the exceptional in Plato: as erotic desire (in the Symposium and Phaedrus), as the good city (Republic), and as the philosopher (Ion, Theaetetus, Sophist, Statesman). It offers fresh and sometimes radical interpretations of these dialogues.





Those exceptional elements of experience - love, city, philosopher - do not escape embodiment but rather occupy the same world that contains lamentable versions of each. Thus Pappas is depicting the philosophical ambition to intensify the concepts and experiences one normally thinks with. His investigations point beyond the fates of these particular exceptions to broader conclusions about Plato's world.





Plato's Exceptional City, Love, and Philosopher will be of interest to any readers of Plato, and of ancient philosophy more broadly.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0367424479
  • 9780367424473

Table of contents

Epigraph and Note





Introduction





Part I: Why Love Must Be Good


Kinds of eros in Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus





1. Congenital love: Aristophanic eros in the Symposium


2. Telling good love from bad: eros in the Phaedrus





Part II: How a City is Made Better


The polis in Plato's Republic





3. Speaking of tyrants: Gyges and the Republic's city


4. The news of the new city


5. "And then I saw": The myth of Er and the future city





Part III: Where to Find the Best Philosophers


The philosophos in Plato's Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman





6. "You wise people": The Ion on what sets a philosopher apart


7. Philosophers at last: Theaetetus, Socrates, and the head philosopher


8. The Sophist: The sophist with and without philosophy


9. The Statesman: The little difference that makes philosophy
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About Nickolas Pappas

Nickolas Pappas is Professor of Philosophy at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he has taught since 1993. Since 2017 he has been Executive Officer of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. His books include the Routledge Philosophical Guidebook to Plato and the Republic (Third Edition, 2013); Politics and Philosophy in in Plato's Menexenus: Education and Rhetoric, Myth and History (co-written with Mark Zelcer, 2015); and most recently The Philosopher's New Clothes: The Theaetetus, the Academy, and Philosophy's Turn against Fashion (2016). He has written numerous short pieces on topics in ancient philosophy and the philosophy of art, including the entry "Plato's Aesthetics" in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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