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Socratic Charis

Philosophy without the Agon
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ISBN-13:
9780739180174
Einband:
Ebook
Seiten:
204
Autor:
Lisa Atwood Wilkinson
Serie:
Lexington Books
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
2 - DRM Adobe
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Introduction - Gold for BronzeChapter 1: Troubling the Agon
The Myth of the Agon
The Politics of the Agon
The History of the Agon
Chapter 2: Non-Agonistic Practices
Who and What is Zeus?
Muses
Non-Agonistic Speech
Chapter 3: Xenia: An economy of Charis
Gift Practices
Xenia
God for Bronze
Chapter 4: The "Gift" of Socrates
Interregnum
Who and What is Socrates?
Socrates as Gift
The Economy of Philosophy
Chapter 5: Socratic Charis
Poetic Charis
Cephalus: A Graceful Head?
Socratic Charis
Epilogue - Listening for the Tyrant
Bibliography
Index

This book explores the possibility that Plato's philosophia is influenced by non-agonal practices and values that historically and philosophically antedate the agonal practices of the Athenian ekklesia. The author surveys literature concerning the predominance of agonal in ancient Greek culture, the values associated with oral poetic performance as a religious practice, and the ubiquitous character of the gift practice known as xenia in the ancient world. The author compares the structure of the agon to the structure of other ancient practices, and reasons that while agonistic practices are oppositional and binary, poetic and social practices are narrative and plural and exemplify, alternative to the agonal, the value of charis-grace. Reading Socratic speech and Socratic inquiry in terms of charis illuminates the narrative structure of Plato's portrayal of Socrates and precludes one-dimensional analyses of Plato's writings as philosophically agonistic and demonstrative. Rather the value of Socratic charis illustrates the value of genuine dialogue, and the author suggests how revaluing Socratic dialogue in light of charis can be relevant to current thinking about philosophy, politics, and the agon.