Beginning with the premise that the attack must be taken seriously, Eric Havelock shows that Plato’s hostility is explained by the continued domination of the. PREFACE TO PLATO science and to morality: the major Greek poets from. Homer to Euripides must be excluded from the educational system of Greece. Preface to Plato has ratings and 7 reviews. Tim said: For those billions of you loosing sleep each night trying to figure out why Plato was so hostil.
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Eric A. Havelock
He really made me think, and question in a way I was not used to. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Preface to Plato Eric A.
Havelock’s political engagement deepened rapidly. Plato’s frontal attack on poetry has always been a problem for sympathetic students, who have often minimized or avoided it.
Grammatological Investigations: Preface to Plato
The second part of the book discusses the Platonic Forms as an aspect of an increasingly rational culture. The ritualistic practices of classical Greeks may be obsolete from an empirical point of view, but not at all from an emotional one.
He arguably overstates or misunderstands the differences between oral and sric culture.
Havelock’s position, drawn from analyses of Xenophon and Aristophanes as well as Eriv himself, was that Plato’s presentation of his teacher was largely a fiction, and intended to be a transparent one, whose purpose was to represent indirectly Plato’s own ideas.
Gregg Miller rated it it was amazing Mar 04, Plxto work in this period shows a theoretical sophistication far beyond his earlier efforts, extending his theory of literacy toward a theory of culture itself. And when this day came, science would awaken again. Ana Erthal rated it it was amazing Aug 03, The book helped me understand what exactly mimesis meant for Plato.
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Rachel Powers rated it really liked it Jun 06, Russell and Russell,i. Mark Pruett rated it it was amazing Jul 07, These remarks apply with full force to that treatise of Plato’s styled the Republic. Havelock’s influence has spread beyond the study of the classical world to that of analogous transitions in other times and places. Join Our Mailing List: The Homeric State of Mind. Hershbell – – Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 3: This was knowledge that was taught in an oral culture by poetry, specifically the recitation and memorization of Pllato epics, a predominant cultural activity up to and including the time of Plato.
The Ancient Art of Oral Poetry.
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In a nonliterate culture, stored experience necessary to cultural stability had to be preserved as poetry havvelock order to be memorized. Archived from the original on 18 September Political Dissent in Democratic Athens: Sean Ramsey rated it really liked it Jan 30, Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Havelock – – Philosophy and Rhetoric 12 3: Compelling argument focused on the transition from a society dominated by the oral transmission of knowledge to one where the written word is the principle vehicle of knowledge.
During this time he began his first major attempt to argue for a division between Platonic or Aristotelian philosophy and what came before. The reason for the dominance of this tradition was technological. Inafter Toronto police had blocked a public meeting by an organisation the police claimed was associated with communists, he and Underhill wrote a public letter of protest, calling the action “short-sighted, inexpedient, and intolerable.
Sep 15, Egor Sofronov rated it liked it. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat The first, was the following review: For Plato to put spirituality on a rational basis was as important a contribution as putting science on a rational basis. The empirical mindset is so ingrained in us that it’s hard to imagine that it was once otherwise, especially in a classical civilization so influential to our history.
Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. However valuable reason is to our lives, we still are not emotionally integrated beings.