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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Preface to Plato

The Liberal Temper makes the ppato 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. The second was this book.

Get to Know Us. Increasingly central to Havelock’s account of Greek culture in general was his conception of the Greek alphabet as a unique entity.

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He arguably overstates or misunderstands the differences between oral and written culture. For Havelock, Plato’s rejection of poetry was merely the realisation of a cultural shift in which he was a haevlock.


I’d say “page turner” but that’d be way too strong. His focus was on political philosophy and, in particular, the beginnings of Greek liberalism as introduced by Democritus.

Havelock shows how the Iliad acted as an oral encyclopedia.

The basic question is why Plato is so adamant about banning all poets from his Republic, in the dialogue by that name. Open Preview See a Problem? Knowledge and myth were indistinguishable.

Archived from the original on 27 September Havelock, The Muse Learns to Write. The perfect place to start. Hicken – – Mind He was a professor at the University of Toronto and was active in the Canadian socialist movement during the s. Plato, through Hafelock, indulges in a huge polemic.

Fascinating subject but the book actually says very little. In a nonliterate culture, stored experience necessary to cultural stability had to be preserved as poetry in order to be memorized.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. Gregg Miller rated it it was amazing Mar 04, It is a fact that only about a third of the work concerns itself with statecraft as such. And it might even be half true! Epic as Record versus Epic as Narrative. prefqce


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However, the book was embraced by literary theorists, students of the prefafe to literacy, and others in fields as diverse as psychology and anthropology. I would like to know a bit more why Classists were less than enthusiastic about it. If you want to start with Plato, this is the place.