The present volume argues that Plato and Platonism should be understood not as a series of determinate doctrines or philosophical facts to be pinned down once and for all, but rather as an inexhaustible mine of possible trajectories. The book examines in this light different strands of Platonic thinking from the dialogues themselves through later Antiquity and the Medieval World into Modernity and Post-Modernity with new essays ranging from Descartes, Kant, Hegel, and Natorp to Yeats, Levinas and Derrida.
And also suggests the possibility of reading the dialogues and the whole tradition resonating in and through them in new, unexpected ways.
Kevin Corrigan is Professor of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. His most recent books are
Reading Plotinus: a practical guide to Neoplatonism(2004) and
Plato's Dialectic at Play: Structure, Argument and Myth in the Symposium(2004) (with Elena Glazov-Corrigan).
John D. Turner is Cotner Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His most recent books are critical editions of the Nag Hammadi Codices:
Zostrien (NH VIII, 1) (2000),
Marsanès (NH X,1) (2001),
L’Allogène (2004); a collection of edited essays,
Gnosticism and Later Platonism: Themes, Figures, and Texts (2001), and a monograph,
Sethian Gnosticism and the Platonic Tradition (2001).
Table of contents
“Introduction: Plato and Platonisms” by Kevin Corrigan and John D. Turner; “Platonic Dialectic: the Path and the Goal” by T.A. Szlezák; “What is a God According to Plato?” by Luc Brisson; “Victorinus,
Parmenides Commentaries and the Platonizing Sethian Treatises” by John D.Turner; “Proclus and the Ancients” by Steven Strange; “Virtue, Marriage, and Parenthood in Simplicius’ Commentary on
Epictetus’ ‘Encheiridion’” by G. Reydams-Schils; “How to Apply the Modern Concepts of
Mathesis Universalis and
Scientia Universalis to Ancient Philosophy, Aristotle, Platonisms, Gilbert of Poitiers, and Descartes” by Gerald Bechtle; “Real Atheism and Cambridge Platonism: Men of Latitude, Polemics, and the Great Dead Philosophers” by Douglas Hedley; “The Language of Metaphysics Ancient and Modern” by Robert Berchman; “The Platonic Forms as
Gesetze: Could Paul Natorp Have Been Right?” by John Dillon; “Crying in Plato’s Teeth—W.B. Yeats and Platonic Inspiration” by Anthony Cuda; “The Face of the Other: a Comparison between the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas, Plato, and Plotinus” by Kevin Corrigan; “Derrida Reads (Neo-) Platonism” by Stephen Gersh.
All those interested in the history of philosophy and intellectual history generally, as well as classicists, theologians, and literary and cultural theorists.