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An Approach to Aristotle's Physics
An Approach to Aristotle's Physics (October 1997)
With Particular Attention to the Role of His Manner of Writing
David Bolotin - Author

Argues that Aristotle's writings about the natural world contain a rhetorical surface as well as a philosophic core and shows that Aristotle's genuine views have not been refuted by modern science and still deserve serious attention.

Maintaining that Aristotle's writings about the natural world contain a rhetorical surface as well as a philosophic core, David Bolotin argues in this book that Aristotle never seriously int...(Read More)
Sex and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Texts
Sex and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Texts (March 1997)
The Latin Tradition
Barbara K. Gold - Editor
Paul Allen Miller - Editor
Charles Platter - Editor

Examines interrelated topics in Medieval and Renaissance Latin literature: the status of women as writers, the status of women as rhetorical figures, and the status of women in society from the fifth to the early seventeenth century.

This collection reclaims a vast body of long-neglected Latin texts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and examines how they represent the feminine and the female body. The authors exp...(Read More)
Socrates' Discursive Democracy
Socrates' Discursive Democracy (March 1997)
Logos and Ergon in Platonic Political Philosophy
Gerald M. Mara - Author

Focusing on the speeches and actions of the Platonic Socrates, this book argues that Plato's political philosophy is a crucial source for reflection on the hazards and possibilities of democratic politics.

"Gerald Mara has written a thoughtful, lively, yet wide-ranging book about the contributions of Platonic political philosophy to contemporary debates in political theory. By showing how Socrates' logos (the ins...(Read More)
Servius and Commentary on Virgil
Servius and Commentary on Virgil (January 1997)
Bernardo Lecture Series, No. 5
Peter K. Marshall - Author

Traces the importance and influence, in the wake of Tiberius Claudius Donatus, of Servius’ Commentaries in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, especially on the magisri, the grammatici, and the mythographers.

Servius and Commentary on Vergil is the fifth in a series of publications occasioned by the annual Bernardo Lecture at the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton U...(Read More)
The Biography of
The Biography of "the Idea of Literature" (December 1996)
From Antiquity to the Baroque
Adrian Marino - Author
Virgil Stanciu - Translator
Charles M. Carlton - Translator

A comprehensive examination of the meaning, history, and evolution of the basic notion of "literature" from antiquity to the seventeenth century.

The "idea of literature" is the very kernel of every literary study; however, this is the first survey of the historical development of this idea. Its purpose is to refute the belief, particularly prevalent in French criticism, that the "idea of literature" only appeared in the...(Read More)
Theory, Text, Context
Theory, Text, Context (October 1996)
Issues in Greek Rhetoric and Oratory
Christopher Lyle Johnstone - Editor

Leading scholars of classical rhetoric address contemporary topics in Greek rhetoric and oratory.

This is a bone-crushing confrontation of contemporary questions about the origins and early development of Greek rhetorical theory and practice. It examines a number of important issues from several new perspectives, and offers a more complex and multi-faceted account of the early history of rhetoric than is to be found anywhere else. It i...(Read More)
Afterwords (July 1996)
Hellenism, Modernism, and the Myth of Decadence
Louis A. Ruprecht Jr. - Author

Reading both philosophical and theological texts, this book presents an argument against nostalgia: against the myth of a Golden Age, against the posture that sees "modernity" as a problem to be solved.

This book about nostalgia raises the question of why it has become such a dominant and influential posture in contemporary philosophical and theological writing. The author notes the presence of the word "after" in a gr...(Read More)
Reading Aristotle's Ethics
Reading Aristotle's Ethics (July 1996)
Virtue, Rhetoric, and Political Philosophy
Aristide Tessitore - Author

Presents the Nicomachean Ethics as a work of political philosophy, emphasizing the interplay between its practical political concerns and its underlying philosophic perspective and arguing that it is rhetorical in the precise Aristotelian meaning of the term.

"Tessitore presents a consistent and well-supported argument that the Nicomachean Ethics is aimed at a dual audience of both politically engaged citi...(Read More)
Virgil as Orpheus
Virgil as Orpheus (January 1996)
A Study of the Georgics
M. Owen Lee - Author

Presents a popular introduction to Virgil's Georgics for the general reader.

Though John Dryden once called the Georgics "the best Poem of the best Poet," and Montaigne thought it the most highly finished work in all of poetry, Virgil's song of the earth has never won as many readers as has his Aeneid, and at present it is the subject of more debate among classicists than perhaps any other poem in L...(Read More)
The Death of Socrates and the Life of Philosophy
The Death of Socrates and the Life of Philosophy (September 1995)
An Interpretation of Plato's Phaedo
Peter J. Ahrensdorf - Author

Shows that the dialogue in Plato's Phaedo is primarily devoted to presenting Socrates' final defense of the philosophical life against the theoretical and political challenge of religion.

"That the psychology of its characters is a key to understanding the argument of a Platonic dialogue is a principle effectively applied in this reading of the Phaedo and well supported by the results: in bringing out the differences in ...(Read More)
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