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Plato's Laughter
Plato's Laughter (December 2017)
Socrates as Satyr and Comical Hero
Sonja Madeleine Tanner - Author

Counters the long-standing, solemn interpretation of Plato’s dialogues with one centered on the philosophical and pedagogical significance of Socrates as a comic figure.

Plato was described as a boor and it was said that he never laughed out loud. Yet his dialogues abound with puns, jokes, and humor. Sonja Madeleine Tanner argues that in Plato’s dialogues Socrates plays a comical hero who draws heavi...(Read More)
 
 
The Metaphysics of the Pythagorean Theorem
The Metaphysics of the Pythagorean Theorem (June 2017)
Thales, Pythagoras, Engineering, Diagrams, and the Construction of the Cosmos out of Right Triangles
Robert Hahn - Author

Explores Thales’s speculative philosophy through a study of geometrical diagrams.

Bringing together geometry and philosophy, this book undertakes a strikingly original study of the origins and significance of the Pythagorean theorem. Thales, whom Aristotle called the first philosopher and who was an older contemporary of Pythagoras, posited the principle of a unity from which all things come, and back into which they retur...(Read More)
 
 
Plato's Statesman
Plato's Statesman (January 2017)
Dialectic, Myth, and Politics
John Sallis - Editor

Explores the interplay between the dramatic form of the dialogue and the basic themes it addresses.

The Statesman is among the most widely ranging of Plato’s dialogues, bringing together in a single discourse disparate subjects such as politics, mathematics, ontology, dialectic, and myth. The essays in this collection consider these subjects and others, focusing in particular on the dramatic form of the dialogue. T...(Read More)
 
 
Topography and Deep Structure in Plato
Topography and Deep Structure in Plato (December 2016)
The Construction of Place in the Dialogues
Clinton DeBevoise Corcoran - Author

A literary and historical analysis of the structure and meaning of recurrent symbols, images, and actions employed in Plato’s dialogues.

In this book, Clinton DeBevoise Corcoran examines the use of place in Plato’s dialogues. Corcoran argues that spatial representations, such as walls, caves, and roads, as well as the creation of eternal patterns and chaotic images in the particular spaces, times, characterizations...(Read More)
 
 
Contemplating Friendship in Aristotle's Ethics
Contemplating Friendship in Aristotle's Ethics (November 2016)
Ann Ward - Author

Examines how Aristotle posits political philosophy and the experience of friendship as a means to bind strictly intellectual virtue with morality.

In this book, Ann Ward explores Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, focusing on the progressive structure of the argument. Aristotle begins by giving an account of moral virtue from the perspective of the moral agent, only to find that the account itself highlights fundamenta...(Read More)
 
 
The Deep Ecology of Rhetoric in Mencius and Aristotle
The Deep Ecology of Rhetoric in Mencius and Aristotle (June 2016)
A Somatic Guide
Douglas Robinson - Author

Discusses philosophers Mencius and Aristotle as socio-ecological thinkers.

Mencius (385–303/302 BCE) and Aristotle (384–322 BCE) were contemporaries, but are often understood to represent opposite ends of the philosophical spectrum. Mencius is associated with the ecological, emergent, flowing, and connected; Artistotle with the rational, static, abstract, and binary. Douglas Robinson argues that in their conceptions ...(Read More)
 
 
Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato
Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato (May 2016)
A Modern Interpretation and Philosophical Defense of Platonism
Michael LaFargue - Author

Describes a Platonic personal spirituality based on reason that is readily accessible to people today.

Michael LaFargue presents an important and accessible aspect of Plato’s legacy largely overlooked today: a variety of personal spirituality based on reason and centered on virtue. Plato’s Virtue-Forms are transcendent in their goodness, ideals that Platonists can use to improve character and become like ...(Read More)
 
 
Without the Least Tremor
Without the Least Tremor (May 2016)
The Sacrifice of Socrates in Plato's Phaedo
M. Ross Romero, SJ - Author

A reading of the death of Socrates as a self-sacrifice, with implications for ideas about suffering, wisdom, and the soul’s relationship to the body.

In Without the Least Tremor, M. Ross Romero considers the death of Socrates as a sacrificial act rather than an execution, and analyzes the implications of such an understanding for the meaning of the Phaedo. Plato’s recounting of Socrate...(Read More)
 
 
Power
Power (April 2016)
Oppression, Subservience, and Resistance
Raymond Angelo Belliotti - Author

Deepens our understanding of power through a survey of how its dynamics have been understood from ancient times to the present.

Frequently understood in simplistic and often highly negative terms, the concept of power has proven to be both uncommonly intriguing and maddeningly elusive. In Power, Raymond Angelo Belliotti begins by fashioning a general definition of power that is refined enough to capture ...(Read More)
 
 
The Sophists in Plato's Dialogues
The Sophists in Plato's Dialogues (June 2015)
David D. Corey - Author

Draws out numerous affinities between the sophists and Socrates in Plato’s dialogues.

Are the sophists merely another group of villains in Plato’s dialogues, no different than amoral rhetoricians such as Thrasymachus, Callicles, and Polus? Building on a wave of recent interest in the Greek sophists, The Sophists in Plato’s Dialogues argues that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, there exist important a...(Read More)
 
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