By (author) J. Peter Euben
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Platonic Noise by J. Peter Euben
Book DescriptionPlatonic Noise brings classical and contemporary writings into conversation to enrich our experience of modern life and politics. Drawing on writers as diverse as Plato, Homer, Nietzsche, Borges, Don DeLillo, and Philip Roth, Peter Euben shows us the relevance of both popular literature and ancient Greek thought to current questions of loss, mourning, and democracy--all while arguing for the redeeming qualities of political and intellectual work and making an original case against presentism. Juxtaposing ancient and contemporary texts, politics, and culture, Euben reflects on a remarkable range of recent issues and controversies. He discusses Stoic cosmopolitanism and globalization, takes a critical look at Nietzsche's own efforts to make the Greeks speak to the issues of his day, examines a Greek tragedy through Hannah Arendt's eyes, compares the role of comedy in ancient Athens and contemporary America, analyzes political theory as a reaction to an acute sense of loss, and considers questions of agency and morality. Platonic Noise makes a case for reading political theory and politics through literature. Working as much through example as through explicit argument, Euben casts the literary memory of Athenian democracy as a crucial cultural resource and a presence in contemporary political and theoretical debates. In so doing, he reasserts the moral value of what we used to call participatory democracy and the practical value of seeing ourselves with the help of insights from long-gone Greeks.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691114002
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 14-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author J. Peter Euben
Corrupting Youth, Paperback (August 1997)
Explores the affinities between Socratic philosophy and Athenian democratic culture as a way to think about issues of politics and education, both ancient and modern. Drawing on Aristophanes' "Clouds", Sophocles' "Antigone and Oedipus Tyrannos", and Plato's "Apology of Socrates", this work develops a view of democratic political education.
Athenian Political Thought and the Reconstitution of American Democracy, Paperback (December 1994)
What does it mean to be a citizen in a democracy? This question is addressed here by thirteen historians, classicists, and political theorists, who examine ancient Greek institutions, texts, and ideas in light of today's political values.
Tragedy of Political Theory, Paperback (April 1990)» View all books by J. Peter Euben
Puts forward an argument that Greek tragedy was the context for classical political theory and that such theory read in terms of tragedy provides a ground for contemporary theorizing alert to the concerns of post-modernism, such as normalization, the dominance of humanism, and the status of theory.
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Author Biography - J. Peter Euben
J. Peter Euben is Research Professor of Political Science and Kenan Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Duke University. His books include "Corrupting Youth" and "The Tragedy of Political Theory" (both Princeton).
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