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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See and discover other items: It was originally recommended by an ancient languages scholar at U. These remarks apply with prefwce force to that treatise of Plato’s styled the Republic. The Liberal Temper makes the argument for the division between Plato and early Greek philosophy without a fully realised account of Havelock’s theory of Greek literacy, which he was still developing throughout this period.

Grammatological Investigations: Preface to Plato

In a nonliterate culture, stored experience necessary to cultural stability had to be preserved as poetry in order to be memorized. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. The havelocm, was the following review: For those billions of you loosing sleep each night trying to figure out why Plato was so hostile to poetry in the Republic, this book will give you sweet dreamless sleep, whiter teeth, and shrink your waistline while you feast on chocolate and pork rinds.

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About Eric Alfred Havelock. Were it not for the title, it might be read for what it is, rather than as an essay in utopian political theory.

Preface to Plato

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Havelock sees Plato correctly as, in one sense, a conservative, a moralist. In the s and s, he served as chair of the classics departments at both Harvard and Yale.

Havelock – – Havelcok Kevin Robb ed. The reason for the dominance of this traditi Plato’s frontal attack on poetry has always been a problem for sympathetic students, who erric often minimized or avoided it.

The text deals at length and often with a great variety of matters which bear on the human condition, but reic are matters which would certainly have no place in a modem treatise on politics. This book provides a very insightful approach to the origins of abstract thinking, i. John rated it it was amazing Oct 28, But Havelock has not really answered his question of why Homer and the poets were banned from the Republic.

A part of the work has become identified with the whole, or the meaning of a label has shifted in translation. Ongfor example, in assessing the significance of non-oral communication in an oral culture, cites Havelock’s observation that fo categories, which are necessary not only for the natural sciences but also for historical and philosophical analysis, depend on writing.

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Despite calls from Ontario officials for his ouster, he was able to remain at Victoria College, but his public reputation was badly damaged.

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 However, the construction of his hypotheses, whether they are validated by fact or not, is intriguing in itself. Though the League for Social Reconstruction began as more of a discussion group than a political party, it became a force in Canadian politics by the mids.

Plato, through Socrates, indulges in a huge polemic. Knowledge and myth were indistinguishable.

Eric A. Havelock

Havelkck removal from index. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. At the same time that he was becoming increasingly vocal and visible in politics, Havelock’s scholarly work was moving toward the concerns that would occupy him for the bulk of his career.

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