Questioning Platonism

Questioning Platonism : Continental Interpretations of Plato

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Given the conception of philosophy held by continental thinkers, and in particular their greater sensitivity to the kinship of philosophy and literature, Drew A. Hyland argues that they should be much more attentive to the literary dimension of Plato's thinking than they have been. He believes they would find in the dialogues not the various forms of "Platonism" that they wish to reject, but instead a thinking much more congenial and challenging to their own predilections. By carefully examining the works of Heidegger, Derrida, Irigaray, and Cavarero, Hyland points to the tendency of continental thinkers to view Plato's dialogues through the lens of Platonism, thus finding Platonic metaphysics, Platonic ethics, and Platonic epistemology, while overlooking the literary dimension of the dialogues, and failing to recognize the extent to which the form undercuts anything like the Platonism they find. The striking exception, Hyland claims, is Hans-Georg Gadamer who also demonstrates the compatibility of the Platonic dialogues with the directions of continental thinking.
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  • Hardback | 212 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 408.24g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791461955
  • 9780791461952
  • 2,328,498

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"This is the first work of which I know that actually attempts to look at the whole of continental philosophy from the perspective of its approach to reading Plato. Hyland's own orientation to Plato focuses on and heeds the dramatic elements in the dialogues of Plato, and he argues effectively that any attempt to interpret Plato in isolation from these elements is faulty. It is a very lucid work."
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About Drew A. Hyland

Drew A. Hyland is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College and the author of several books, including Finitude and Transcendence in the Platonic Dialogues, also published by SUNY Press.
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