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Plato's Four Muses
Author: Andrea Capra

ISBN: 9780674417229
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 30 November 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3
Description:
Plato s Four Muses reconstructs Plato s authorial self-portrait through a fresh reading of the Phaedrus, with an Introduction and Conclusion that contextualize the construction more broadly. The Phaedrus, it is argued, is Plato s most self-referential dialogue, and Plato s reference to four Muses in Phaedrus 259c d is read as a hint at the ingredients of philosophical discourse, which turns out to be a form of provocatively old-fashioned mousike.Andrea Capra maintains that Socrates s conversion to demotic as opposed to metaphorical music in the Phaedo closely parallels the Phaedrus and is apologetic in character, since Socrates was held responsible for dismissing traditional mousike. This parallelism reveals three surprising features that define Plato s works: first, a measure of anti-intellectualism (Plato counters the rationalistic excesses of other forms of discourse, thus distinguishing it from both prose and poetry); second, a new beginning for philosophy (Plato conceptualizes the birth of Socratic dialogue in, and again...

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