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Enthusiasm and Divine Madness: On the Platonic Dialogue Phaedrus
     

Enthusiasm and Divine Madness: On the Platonic Dialogue Phaedrus

by Josef Pieper, Richard Winston (Translator), Clara Winston (Translator)
 

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Plato's famous dialogue, the Phaedrus, was variously subtitled in antiquity: AOnBeauty, AOn Love, AOn the Psyche. It is also concerned with the art of rhetoric, of thought and communication. Pieper, noted for the grace and clarity of his style, gives an illuminating and stimulating interpretation of the dialogue. Leaving the more recondite scholarly

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Plato's famous dialogue, the Phaedrus, was variously subtitled in antiquity: AOnBeauty, AOn Love, AOn the Psyche. It is also concerned with the art of rhetoric, of thought and communication. Pieper, noted for the grace and clarity of his style, gives an illuminating and stimulating interpretation of the dialogue. Leaving the more recondite scholarly preoccupations aside, he concentrates on the content, bringing the actual situation in the dialogue B Athens and its intellectuals engaged in spirited debate B alive. Equally alive is the discussion of ideas, which are brought to bear on contemporary experience and made to prove the perennial validity of Socratic wisdom, and its power to excite the mind. The main thesis B that in poetry and in love man is Abeside himself, that is, divinely inspired B is discussed with reference to modern poets, novelists, and modern psychology.

APieper's . . . book . . . is in every way beautiful: in format, in translation, in subject (Plato's Phaedrus), in its philosophic grace. B Christian Century APieper, well-known German philosopher, has given us an illuminating and stimulating interpretation of the dialogue. . . . Essential in philosophy sections of larger public, academic and special libraries. B Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890318239
Publisher:
St. Augustine's Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
109
Sales rank:
1,357,053
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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