The very title of his volume is meant to suggest this. Essays on Plato and Socrates Virtues of Authenticity: He is finely attuned to 5th and 4th century Greek literature, and writes as confidently about Isocrates, Sophocles, and Herodotus, as he does about Plato and Socrates.
In almost every essay, Nehamas has a well conceived and explicitly stated thesis to defend. Not only in metaphysics, but also in ethics and aesthetics, the genuine, or the real, is superior to the imitation.
For example, while Plato obviously believes that sensible objects fall short of intelligible ones, the exact nature of this, the "imperfection of the sensible world" p. But Nehamas painstakingly shows that when Socrates describes a sensible object as only imperfectly beautiful or just, he does not mean that it is approximately beautiful or just.
He marshals his evidence methodically. Plato is, for Nehamas, fundamentally devoted to distinguishing between "what is authentic and what is fake" p.
He is capable of minute textual analysis and is level-headed to a fault. View freely available titles: Philosophy and Literature He seems right, but once again, even if readers dispute this conclusion, they will find it useful to take it seriously.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: You are not currently authenticated. Nehamas devotes six essays, those contained in the section titled "Questions of Metaphysics and Epistemology," to what have now become the staple issues for Anglo-American Plato scholars e.
Notable Plato scholars such as Taylor, Burnet, and Shorey have claimed that "sensible objects only approximate the intelligible objects which they represent" p. In sum, "For Plato, the inauthentic is the unethical" p. According to Nehamas, it was due to Vlastos and G.
Owen that "the study of Greek philosophy was accepted as a branch of analytical philosophy. In this sense, even if Nehamas challenges certain items of conventional wisdom, he does so within the general framework of the "analytical" or Vlastosian approach to Plato By contrast, Nehamas argues that while "some of the definitions in these dialogues lack a required generality," this is not "the same as to confuse universals with particulars" p.
Whether readers finally agree with this claim or not, they can only be benefited by confronting it. This collection of sixteen essays on Plato and Socrates, written during the past 25 years by Alexander Nehamas, consistently manifests the following virtues.
Nehamas presents such a well crafted argument that it forces any critic to return to the text in order to see what is really there.
As a result, the language of approximation has become nearly standard in Plato scholarship.Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates, by Alexander Nehamas; xxxvi & pp.
Princeton: Princeton University Press,$ cloth, $ paper. This collection of sixteen essays on Plato and Socrates, written during the past 25 years by Alexander Nehamas, consistently manifests the following virtues. Virtues of Authenticity is a collection of 16 previously published essays on various themes concerning Plato and Socrates.
The essays are divided into four groups. The first focuses on Socrates and questions relating to. Virtues of Authenticity is a collection of 16 previously published essays on various themes concerning Plato and Socrates. The essays are divided into four groups.
The essays are divided into four groups. understanding and, secondly, Plato’s own interpretation of Socrates’ function: this is justified not by any analysis of the literary structure of the dialogues, but only, implicitly, by appeal to the developmental hypothesis.
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The eminent philosopher and classical scholar Alexander Nehamas presents here a collection of his most important essays on Plato and Socrates.Download