Socratic Charis

Socratic Charis : Philosophy without the Agon

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This work offers an evaluation of Plato's portrayal of "Socrates" in relation to models of the ancient Greek "agon", oral poetic performance, and the practices of "xenia". The author reinterprets the values of the oral tradition and xenia as non-agonistic, and shows how these values can illuminate the dramatic and philosophical import of Plato's Socrates in ways potentially relevant to current thinking about "demokratia".
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Product details

  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 154.94 x 238.76 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739167170
  • 9780739167175

About Lisa Atwood Wilkinson

Lisa A. Wilkinson is associate professor of philosophy at Nebraska Wesleyan University and author of "Parmenides and To Eon: Reconsidering Muthos and Logos".
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Review quote

Wilkinson's book challenges traditional accounts of the agonistic nature of Greek society, suggesting that charis or "grace" is an equally important concept. Her book is an innovative work that offers new insights and opens up fresh lines of inquiry into the nature of poetic practice, political friendship, and Socratic dialogue. Wilkinson helps us to reconnect Socratic philosophical practice to social relationships and political community. -- Marina McCoy, Boston College
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Table of contents

Introduction - Gold for Bronze Chapter 1: Troubling the Agon The Myth of the Agon The Politics of the Agon The History of the Agon Chapter 2: Non-Agonistic Practices Who and What is Zeus? Muses Non-Agonistic Speech Chapter 3: Xenia: An economy of Charis Gift Practices Xenia God for Bronze Chapter 4: The "Gift" of Socrates Interregnum Who and What is Socrates? Socrates as Gift The Economy of Philosophy Chapter 5: Socratic Charis Poetic Charis Cephalus: A Graceful Head? Socratic Charis Epilogue - Listening for the Tyrant Bibliography Index
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