The Resource Preface to Plato, Eric A. Havelock

Preface to Plato, Eric A. Havelock

Label
Preface to Plato
Title
Preface to Plato
Statement of responsibility
Eric A. Havelock
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Plato's frontal attack on poetry has always been a problem for sympathetic students, who have often minimized or avoided it. Beginning with the premise that the attack must be taken seriously, Mr. Havelock shows that Plato's hostility is explained by the continued domination of the poetic tradition in contemporary Greek thought. The reason for the dominance of this tradition was technological. In a nonliterate culture, stored experience necessary to cultural stability had to be preserved as poetry in order to be memorized. Plato attacks poets, particularly Homer, as the sole source of Greek moral and technical instruction--Mr. Havelock shows how the Illiad acted as an oral encyclopedia. Under the label of mimesis, Plato condemns the poetic process of emotional identification and the necessity of presenting content as a series of specific images in a continued narrative. The second part of the book discusses the Platonic Forms as an aspect of an increasingly rational culture. Literate Greece demanded, instead of poetic discourse, a vocabulary and a sentence structure both abstract and explicit in which experience could be described normatively and analytically: in short a language of ethics and science
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Havelock, Eric Alfred
Index
index present
LC call number
B398.P6
LC item number
H3 1963
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
A History of the Greek mind
Series volume
v. 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Plato
  • Platon
  • Plato
  • Plato
  • Plato
  • Platon
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Greek poetry
  • Philosophie ancienne
  • Poésie grecque
  • Greek poetry
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Filosofie
  • Philosophie ancienne
  • Poésie grecque - Histoire et critique
Label
Preface to Plato, Eric A. Havelock
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 312-315
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one- the image thinkers -- Plato on poetry -- Mimesis -- Poetry as preserved communication -- The homeric encyclopedia -- Epic as recorded versus epic as narrative -- Hesiod on poetry -- The oral sources of the hellenic intelligence -- The homeric state of mind -- The psychology of the poetic performance -- The content and quality of the poetised statement -- Part two: The necessity of platonism -- Psyche or the separation of the knower from the known -- The recognition of the known as an object -- Poetry as opinion -- The origin of the theory of forms -- "The supreme music is philosophy"
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiv, 328 pages
Isbn
9780674699069
Lccn
62013859
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
001227731
System control number
(OCoLC)373566
Label
Preface to Plato, Eric A. Havelock
Publication
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 312-315
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one- the image thinkers -- Plato on poetry -- Mimesis -- Poetry as preserved communication -- The homeric encyclopedia -- Epic as recorded versus epic as narrative -- Hesiod on poetry -- The oral sources of the hellenic intelligence -- The homeric state of mind -- The psychology of the poetic performance -- The content and quality of the poetised statement -- Part two: The necessity of platonism -- Psyche or the separation of the knower from the known -- The recognition of the known as an object -- Poetry as opinion -- The origin of the theory of forms -- "The supreme music is philosophy"
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiv, 328 pages
Isbn
9780674699069
Lccn
62013859
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
001227731
System control number
(OCoLC)373566

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