Plato and the Question of Beauty

Plato and the Question of Beauty

by Drew A. Hyland


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Drew 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253219770
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Series: Studies in Continental Thought
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1. The Question of Beauty in the Hippias Major
2. The Question of Beauty in the Symposium
3. The Question of Beauty in the Phaedrus
4. The Second and Seventh Letters
5. The Critique of Rhetoric and Writing in the Phaedrus

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Villanova University - Walter Brogan

A well written and forcefully argued exposition of one of the most important themes in Plato's philosophy.

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