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Rhapsody of Philosophy

Dialogues with Plato in Contemporary Thought

Max Statkiewicz

Publication Year: 2009

Published by: Penn State University Press

Series: Literature and Philosophy

Front Cover

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Title Page

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pp. v

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pp. vii

I would like to thank the teachers and friends who over the years have read earlier versions of some portions of the material included in this book: Eléanore M. Zimmermann, David B. Allison, Hugh J. Silverman, and Robert Harvey of SUNY–Stony Brook; Leon Golden of the Florida State University; ...

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A Polemic Introduction

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pp. 1-34

“The task of modern philosophy has been defined: to overturn Platonism.”1 Gilles Deleuze’s claim expresses the sentiment of many writers, from Friedrich Nietzsche to Jean-Luc Nancy. But would they also agree with Deleuze when he ascribes to Plato himself the leading role in this task?2 ...

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1. Platonic Theater Rigor and Play in the Republic (Genette and Lacoue-Labarthe)

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pp. 35-69

The quarrel (diaphora) between philosophy and poetry, which was already old when Socrates announced it in the tenth book of Plato’s Republic, has grown older and older, but it has retained its original opposition between truth as the principle of philosophy and mimesis as the (non) principle of poetry, literature, art. ...

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2. Le Beau Jeu The Play of Beauty and Truth in the Phaedrus (Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida)

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pp. 70-101

This chapter turns to the initial idea of the overturning of Platonism (Umdrehung des Platonismus) presented in the writings of Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s confrontation with Platonism and with Western metaphysics in general will be seen here both in his own work and also in Heidegger’s and Derrida’s reformulations ...

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3. The Notion of (Re)Semblance in the Sophist (Deleuze, Foucault, Nancy)

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pp. 102-131

How to tell the sophist from the Sophist? Plato scholars acknowledge that there is no formal way to distinguish the two cases: neither capitalization nor italics are available in Greek manuscript, and there are no other formal marks that would allow us to tell the difference between the man and the text. ...

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4. The Abyssal Ground of World and Discourse in the Timaeus (Kristeva, Irigaray, Butler, Derrida)

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pp. 132-161

The ontological categories of the Republic, even in the form of their sophisticated redefinition in the Sophist, might not resist the unsettling of worldly emplacement, or the chora. Indeed, such an emplacement raises the problem of borders and marginality that necessarily accompanies any attempt to circumscribe a region ...

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Rhapsodic Conclusion “The Dialogue That We Are” in Plato, Heidegger, and Nancy

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pp. 162-196

“The dialogue of thinking with poetry is long. It has barely begun.” Heidegger does not think here of Plato’s “old quarrel” between poetry and philosophy. The dialogue in question should circumvent philosophy, at least “Platonic” philosophy, which is interested in the domination of, rather than a genuine dialogue with, poetry. ...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 197-212


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pp. 213-216

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780271053356
E-ISBN-10: 0271053356
Print-ISBN-13: 9780271035413
Print-ISBN-10: 0271035412

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Literature and Philosophy