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Review of: Peter Euben, Platonic Noise, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press 2003, 232 S.


Hiltbrunner, Thomas; Ferber, Rafael (2005). Review of: Peter Euben, Platonic Noise, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press 2003, 232 S. Philosophisches Jahrbuch, 112(1):263-267.

Abstract

The book has three primary concerns: first, to show how the reading of ancient texts could provide a solution to current political and ethical problems; second, to ask how literary text could improve the understanding of scientific questions, especially those of political theory; and third, to demonstrate how Plato’s dialogues could be read without becoming a post-modern “white noise”. Following an introduction (ch. 1) and methodological considerations (ch. 2), each of chapters 3-7 contrasts at least one classical text with a modern one (ch. 3: Sophocles and Hanna Arendt; ch. 4: Aristophanes and TV comedies; ch. 5: Sophocles, Plato, Homer, Macchiavelli and the Vietnam war; ch. 6: ancient texts on democracy and Martha Nussbaum; and ch. 7: Plato’s “Phaedo” and Don DeLillo’s “White Noise”). The review ends with three problems of Euben’s hermeneutical methodology.

Abstract

The book has three primary concerns: first, to show how the reading of ancient texts could provide a solution to current political and ethical problems; second, to ask how literary text could improve the understanding of scientific questions, especially those of political theory; and third, to demonstrate how Plato’s dialogues could be read without becoming a post-modern “white noise”. Following an introduction (ch. 1) and methodological considerations (ch. 2), each of chapters 3-7 contrasts at least one classical text with a modern one (ch. 3: Sophocles and Hanna Arendt; ch. 4: Aristophanes and TV comedies; ch. 5: Sophocles, Plato, Homer, Macchiavelli and the Vietnam war; ch. 6: ancient texts on democracy and Martha Nussbaum; and ch. 7: Plato’s “Phaedo” and Don DeLillo’s “White Noise”). The review ends with three problems of Euben’s hermeneutical methodology.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:German
Date:2005
Deposited On:23 Jul 2015 08:26
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 17:58
Publisher:Verlag Karl Alber
ISSN:0031-8183
Related URLs:http://www.verlag-alber.de/jahrbuecher/uebersicht_html?k_onl_struktur=1375125 (Publisher)

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