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Platonic Noise - J. Peter Euben

Paperback Published: 4th May 2003
ISBN: 9780691114002
Number Of Pages: 224

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"Platonic Noise" brings classical and contemporary writings into conversation to enrich our experience of modern life and politics. Drawing on writers as diverse as Plato, Homer, Nietzsche, Borges, Don DeLillo, and Philip Roth, Peter Euben shows us the relevance of both popular literature and ancient Greek thought to current questions of loss, mourning, and democracy--all while arguing for the redeeming qualities of political and intellectual work and making an original case against presentism.

Juxtaposing ancient and contemporary texts, politics, and culture, Euben reflects on a remarkable range of recent issues and controversies. He discusses Stoic cosmopolitanism and globalization, takes a critical look at Nietzsche's own efforts to make the Greeks speak to the issues of his day, examines a Greek tragedy through Hannah Arendt's eyes, compares the role of comedy in ancient Athens and contemporary America, analyzes political theory as a reaction to an acute sense of loss, and considers questions of agency and morality.

"Platonic Noise" makes a case for reading political theory and politics through literature. Working as much through example as through explicit argument, Euben casts the literary memory of Athenian democracy as a crucial cultural resource and a presence in contemporary political and theoretical debates. In so doing, he reasserts the moral value of what we used to call participatory democracy and the practical value of seeing ourselves with the help of insights from long-gone Greeks.

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"An excellent example of how the Greeks can be used as something good to think with--not idealizing them, or giving in to misplaced nostalgia in their regard, but ... recognizing them as a ceaseless source of stimulation."--John Dillon, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
On the Uses and Disadvantages of Hellenic Studies for Political and Theoretical Lifep. 14
Hannah Arendt at Colonusp. 40
Aristophanes in Americap. 64
The Politics of Nostalgia and Theories of Lossp. 85
The Polis, Globalization, and the Citizenship of Placep. 112
Platonic Noisep. 141
Notesp. 175
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780691114002
ISBN-10: 0691114005
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 4th May 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.33