Plato and the Question of Beauty
By (author) Drew A. Hyland
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Plato and the Question of Beauty by Drew A. Hyland
Book DescriptionDrew A. Hyland, one of Continental philosophy's keenest interpreters of Plato, takes up the question of beauty in three Platonic dialogues, the Hippias Major, Symposium, and Phaedrus. What Plato meant by beauty is not easily characterized, and Hyland's close readings show that Plato ultimately gives up on the possibility of a definition. Plato's failure, however, tells us something important about beauty-that it cannot be reduced to logos. Exploring questions surrounding love, memory, and ideal form, Hyland draws out the connections between beauty, the possibility of philosophy, and philosophical living. This new reading of Plato provides a serious investigation into the meaning of beauty and places it at the very heart of philosophy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253219770
(5983mm x 3971mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 28-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Drew A. Hyland
Heidegger and the Greeks, Paperback (July 2006)
Martin Heidegger's reflection on Greek thought is recognized as a decisive feature of his philosophical development. This work sheds light on the issues raised by his encounter and engagement with the Greeks. It also sheds light on how core philosophical concepts such as phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, and ethics are understood.
Origins of Philosophy, Paperback (December 1973)» View all books by Drew A. Hyland
Traces the origins of philosophy from its earliest roots in Babylonian and Homeric-Hesiodic mythology to its flowering in the Pre-Socratic imagination. Using selections from the "Epic of Gilgamesh", Hesiod, Homer, Pythagoras, Zeno, Plato, and Socrates, the author argues against what he calls the 'historical approach' to the origin of philosophy.
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Author Biography - Drew A. Hyland
Drew A. Hyland is Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College. He is editor (with John Panteleimon Manoussakis) of Heidegger and the Greeks (IUP, 2006).
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