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The Music of the Republic: Essays on Socrates' Conversations and Plato's Writings
     

The Music of the Republic: Essays on Socrates' Conversations and Plato's Writings

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by Eva Brann, Peter Kalkavage, Eric Salem
 

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"The title essay...is a miniature masterpiece, one of the most seminal writings of our time on Plato's Republic."—John Sallis

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"The title essay...is a miniature masterpiece, one of the most seminal writings of our time on Plato's Republic."—John Sallis

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Brann is a member of the senior faculty of St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, whose undergraduate program is an "all-required course of study based on the great books of the Western tradition." Ancient Greek philosophy and related classics are not only de rigueur in that tradition but the foundation of it, and Brann has devoted her life, teaching career, research, and publications to them. The 14 essays collected here focus on the Republic and the Sophist, but elements pertinent to the inquiry from the Phaedo, Apology, Charmides, and Timaeus are also analyzed. Reading this book feels like sitting in one of Brann's classrooms, as she and the reader attempt to come to terms with what the ancient philosophers thought regarding the nature of justice, goodness, equality, rationality, opinion, knowledge, appearance, reality, being, nonbeing, the place of the citizen in the polis, and much more. The narrative is engaging, but make no mistake: it is tough going. The author is fluent in ancient Greek, refers often to relevant philosophical terms and concepts in the original works, and creates-or re-creates-a world that often seems to the modern consciousness as something quite alien. The complexity of the dialectic here is such that the book is appropriate for academic subject collections only, but for these collections it is highly recommended.-Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Praise for Eva Brann and The Music of the Republic

“This collection of Eva Brann’s is one of the most valuable aids a lover of Plato could have.”—Walter Nicgorski, University of Notre Dame

The Music of the Republic “will establish [Eva Brann] as one of the great readers and interpreters of the Platonic dialogues in modern times.”—Bruce Foltz, Eckerd College

“It is a wonder and a delight to be led by Eva Brann through the Socratic conversations…Those who do not know the Republic will be initiated into its treasures. Those who believe that it is a great book will understand better what they already know. And all who teach the dialogues will find their souls expanded in the presence of this most generous teacher.”—Ann Hartle, Emory University

“In these wonderfully insightful essays, Eva Brann helps us hear the music of Plato’s dialogues and join the conversation…I found myself filled with envy for her students and happy, with this book, to now be included among them.”—Anthony T. Kronman, Yale University

"The title essay of this collection is a miniature masterpiece, one of the most seminal writings of our time on Plato's Republic."—John Sallis, Pennsylvania State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589880085
Publisher:
Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author


Eva Brann is a member of the senior faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught for fifty-seven years. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Her other books include The Logos of Heraclitus, Feeling Our Feelings, Homage to Americans, Open Secrets / Inward Prospects, The Music of the Republic, and Homeric Moments (all published by Paul Dry Books).

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The Music of the Republic: Essays on Socrates' Conversations and Plato's Writings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent, insightful and interesting piece. Take it from a philosophy/liberal arts aficionado: worthwhile reading.