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Poetic Justice : Rereading Plato's "Republic" / Jill Frank.

Author/Creator:
Frank, Jill author.
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (288 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Philosophy, Ancient.
Reading -- Philosophy.
Local subjects:
Plato. (search)
Republic. (search)
authority. (search)
desire. (search)
persuasion. (search)
philosophy. (search)
poetry. (search)
politics. (search)
self-governance. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
When Plato set his dialogs, written texts were disseminated primarily by performance and recitation. He wrote them, however, when literacy was expanding. Jill Frank argues that there are unique insights to be gained from appreciating Plato's dialogs as written texts to be read and reread. At the center of these insights are two distinct ways of learning to read in the dialogs. One approach that appears in the Statesman, Sophist, and Protagoras, treats learning to read as a top-down affair, in which authoritative teachers lead students to true beliefs. Another, recommended by Socrates, encourages trial and error and the formation of beliefs based on students' own fallible experiences. In all of these dialogs, learning to read is likened to coming to know or understand something. Given Plato's repeated presentation of the analogy between reading and coming to know, what can these two approaches tell us about his dialogs' representations of philosophy and politics? With Poetic Justice, Jill Frank overturns the conventional view that the Republic endorses a hierarchical ascent to knowledge and the authoritarian politics associated with that philosophy. When learning to read is understood as the passive absorption of a teacher's beliefs, this reflects the account of Platonic philosophy as authoritative knowledge wielded by philosopher kings who ruled the ideal city. When we learn to read by way of the method Socrates introduces in the Republic, Frank argues, we are offered an education in ethical and political self-governance, one that prompts citizens to challenge all claims to authority, including those of philosophy.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Learning to Read
1. Reading Plato
2. Poetry: The Measure of Truth
3. A Life without Poetry
4. The Power of Persuasion
5. Erò„s: The Work of Desire
6. Dialectics: Making Sense of Logos
Work Cited
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 22. Okt 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226515809
OCLC:
1022634693
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226515809 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.