Plato's Animals

ebook Gadflies, Horses, Swans, and Other Philosophical Beasts · Studies in Continental Thought

By Jeremy Bell

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"A unique and intriguing point of entry into the dialogues and a variety of concerns from metaphysics and epistemology to ethics, politics, and aesthetics." —Eric Sanday, University of Kentucky
Plato's Animals examines the crucial role played by animal images, metaphors, allusions, and analogies in Plato's dialogues. These fourteen lively essays demonstrate that the gadflies, snakes, stingrays, swans, dogs, horses, and other animals that populate Plato's work are not just rhetorical embellishments. Animals are central to Plato's understanding of the hierarchy between animals, humans, and gods and are crucial to his ideas about education, sexuality, politics, aesthetics, the afterlife, the nature of the soul, and philosophy itself. The volume includes a comprehensive annotated index to Plato's bestiary in both Greek and English.
"Plato's Animals is a strong volume of beautifully written paeans to postmodern themes found in premodern thought." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"Shows readers of Plato that he remains significant to issues currently pursued in Continental thought and especially in relation to Derrida and Heidegger." —Robert Metcalf, University of Colorado, Denver
"Will provide fertile ground for future work in this area." —Jill Gordon, author of Plato's Erotic World
Plato's Animals