Questioning Platonism: Continental Interpretations of Plato (S U N Y Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

Questioning Platonism: Continental Interpretations of Plato (S U N Y Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

Drew A. Hyland


Explores interpretations of Plato by means of Heidegger, Derrida, Irigaray, Cavarero, and Gadamer.

Given the belief of philosophy held through continental thinkers, and particularly their better sensitivity to the kinship of philosophy and literature, Drew A. Hyland argues that they need to be even more aware of the literary measurement of Plato's considering than they've been. He believes they'd locate within the dialogues no longer a few of the different types of "Platonism" that they want to reject, yet as an alternative a considering even more congenial and hard to their very own predilections.

By conscientiously studying the works of Heidegger, Derrida, Irigaray, and Cavarero, Hyland issues to the tendency of continental thinkers to view Plato's dialogues during the lens of Platonism, hence discovering Platonic metaphysics, Platonic ethics, and Platonic epistemology, whereas overlooking the literary measurement of the dialogues, and failing to acknowledge the level to which the shape undercuts something just like the Platonism they locate. The outstanding exception, Hyland claims, is Hans-Georg Gadamer who additionally demonstrates the compatibility of the Platonic dialogues with the instructions of continental thinking.

“[Via] the delicate interaction of critique and confirmation … Hyland works via a awesome net of dialectical relations.” — magazine of the background of Philosophy

"This is the 1st paintings of which i do know that really makes an attempt to examine the total of continental philosophy from the point of view of its method of analyzing Plato. Hyland's personal orientation to Plato makes a speciality of and heeds the dramatic parts within the dialogues of Plato, and he argues successfully that any try to interpret Plato in isolation from those parts is defective. it's a very lucid work."
— Walter Brogan, coeditor of yankee Continental Philosophy: A Reader

"The publication undertakes to teach how the aid of the Platonic texts to doctrinal Platonism pervades, for purposes which are faraway from unintended, even these discourses in line with the perform of shut textual examining and expert through hermeneutical acuity. A compelling and sorely wanted work."
-- Claudia Baracchi, writer of Of fable, existence, and battle in Plato's Republic

Drew A. Hyland is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy at Trinity collage and the writer of numerous books, together with Finitude and Transcendence within the Platonic Dialogues, additionally released through SUNY Press.

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