Beginning with the premise that the attack must be taken seriously, Eric Havelock shows that Plato’s hostility is explained by the continued domination of the. PREFACE TO PLATO science and to morality: the major Greek poets from. Homer to Euripides must be excluded from the educational system of Greece. Preface to Plato has ratings and 7 reviews. Tim said: For those billions of you loosing sleep each night trying to figure out why Plato was so hostil.
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The presentation of this hypothesis, however, disguises its sheer brilliance. His work in this period shows a theoretical sophistication far beyond his earlier efforts, extending his theory of literacy toward a theory of culture itself.
But the unresolved contradiction here is that Homer serves generally, by Havelock’s own argument, to reinforce traditional morality. Scott Celsor – – Philosophy and Theology 25 2: Although he was trained in the turn-of-theth-century Oxbridge tradition of classical studies, which saw Greek intellectual history as an unbroken chain of related ideas, Havelock broke radically with his own teachers and proposed an entirely new model for understanding the classical world, based on a sharp division between literature of the 6th and 5th centuries BC on the one hand, and that of the 4th on the other.
These remarks apply with full force to that treatise of Plato’s styled the Republic. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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Hershbell – – Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 3: Hastings House, Under the label of mimesis, Plato condemns the poetic process of emotional identification and the necessity of presenting content as a series of specific images in a continued narrative.
Beginning with the premise that the attack must be taken seriously, Eric Havelock shows that Plato’s hostility is explained by the continued domination of the poetic tradition in contemporary Greek thought.
Retrieved 6 November They were written not only as entertainment, for the plot and characters, but also as a record of the Greek’s values, traditions, and ethos. The reason for the dominance of this tradition was technological. The Content and Quality of the Poetised Statement. Preface to Plato History of the Greek Mind.
Another weakness is Havelock’s characterization of Homeric society as essentially poetic, in which people spoke in verse, etc. The Monist Library of Philosophy. Add both to Cart Add both to List. The reason for the dominance of this traditi Plato’s frontal attack on poetry has always been a problem for sympathetic students, who have often minimized or avoided it.
Literate Greece demanded, instead of poetic discourse, a vocabulary and a sentence structure both abstract and explicit in which experience could be described normatively and analytically: He was active in a number of aspects of the University and of the department, of which he became chair; he undertook a translation of and commentary on Aeschylus ‘ Prometheus Bound for the benefit of his students. However valuable reason is to our lives, we still are not emotionally integrated beings.
They form an expectation which accords with the title but is belied by much of the substance of what the author has to say. Under the label of mimesis, Plato condemns the poetic process of emotional identification and the necessity of presenting content as a series of specific images in a continued narrative.
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Not only is he answering my concern about the lack of political theory, he is making the seemingly obvious hypothesis that maybe it is not about political theory at all. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Balgarniea classicist to whom Havelock gives considerable credit. In a nonliterate culture, stored experience necessary to cultural stability had to be preserved as poetry in order to be memorized.
Gavelock you want to start with Plato, this is the place.
Belknap Press, Harvard University Press. Despite calls from Ontario officials for his ouster, he was able to remain at Victoria College, but his public reputation was badly damaged. The second part of the book discusses the Platonic Forms as an aspect of an increasingly rational culture.
Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Social Linguistics and Literacies: He is the most cited precace in Walter J. This book provides a very insightful approach to the origins of abstract thinking, i.
In the s and s, he served as chair of the classics departments at both Harvard and Yale. Account Options Sign in.
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The Liberal Temper in Greek Politics. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Hoerber complains in a review of the book of Havelock’s “rapid dismissal” of the evidence of earlier writing, and feels that “the present work will meet with even less acceptance than the author’s previous volume” Classical Philology Reflections on Orality and Literacy from Antiquity to the Present.
Havelock’s book is an valuable contribution, but I do have some reservations about it.
He found himself in havflock again in after criticising both the government’s and industry’s handling of an automotive workers’ strike. Contents Plato on Poetry. In arguing for a basic heuristic split between Plato and the contemporaries of Democritus, Havelock was directly contradicting a very long tradition in philosophy that had painstakingly assembled innumerable connections between Plato and the pre-Socratics, to reinforce the position that Plato, as his own dialogues imply, was primarily informed by his teacher Socrates, and that Socrates in turn was a willing participant in a philosophical conversation already several hundred years old again, with a seeming endorsement from Plato, who shows a young Socrates conversing with and learning from the pre-Socratics Parmenides and Zeno in his dialogue the Parmenides —a historical impossibility erjc might represent figuratively an intellectual rather yo direct conversation.
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