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Rhapsody of Philosophy Dialogues with Plato in Contemporary Thought

by Max Statkiewicz

Part of the Literature and Philosophy Series

Rhapsody of Philosophy Dialogues with Plato in Contemporary Thought Synopsis

This book proposes to rethink the relationship between philosophy and literature through an engagement with Plato's dialogues. The dialogues have been seen as the source of a long tradition that subordinates poetry to philosophy, but they may also be approached as a medium for understanding how to overcome this opposition. Paradoxically, Plato then becomes an ally in the attempt to overturn Platonism, which Gilles Deleuze famously defined as the task of modern philosophy. Max Statkiewicz identifies a rhapsodic mode initiated by Plato in the dialogues and pursued by many of his modern European commentators, including Nietzsche, Heidegger, Irigaray, Derrida, and Nancy. The book articulates this rhapsodic mode as a way of entering into true dialogue (dia-logos), which splits any univocal meaning and opens up a serious play of signification both within and between texts. This mode, he asserts, employs a reading of Plato that is distinguished from interpretations emphasizing the dialogues as a form of dogmatic treatise, as well as from the dramatic interpretations that have been explored in recent Plato scholarship--both of which take for granted the modern notion of the subject. Statkiewicz emphasizes the importance of the dialogic nature of the rhapsodic mode in the play of philosophy and poetry, of Platonic and modern thought--and, indeed, of seriousness and play. This highly original study of Plato explores the inherent possibilities of Platonic thought to rebound upon itself and engender further dialogues.

Rhapsody of Philosophy Dialogues with Plato in Contemporary Thought Press Reviews

This book is well written and largely avoids jargon. Topics discussed include the role of representation, the relationship between beauty and truth, and the question of discourse and its relationship to the world. This volume is suitable for both undergraduates and graduate students in philosophy, literature, and allied fields. --C. R. McCall, Choice

Book Information

ISBN: 9780271035413
Publication date: 31st August 2010
Author: Max Statkiewicz
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500, Literary studies: classical, early & medieval,

About Max Statkiewicz

Max Statkiewicz is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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