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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I’d say “page turner” but that’d be way too strong. Increasingly central to Havelock’s account of Greek culture in general was his conception of the Greek alphabet as a unique entity. 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. James Lorimer, In other projects Wikiquote.

Grammatological Investigations: Preface to Plato

These remarks apply with full force to that treatise of Plato’s styled the Republic. During this time he began his first major attempt to argue for a division between Platonic or Aristotelian philosophy and what came before. Sign in to use this feature.

While studying under F. Far from being a Platonic eccentricity Havelock manages to present Plato’s views on poetry and mimesis as the logical consequence of his ideas about knowledge and ethics. Ongfor example, in assessing the significance of non-oral communication in an oral culture, cites Havelock’s observation that scientific categories, which are necessary not only for the natural sciences but also for historical and philosophical analysis, depend on writing.


At the same time that he was becoming increasingly vocal and visible in politics, Havelock’s scholarly work egic moving toward the concerns that would occupy him for the bulk of his career.

Showing of 8 reviews. The first questions he raised about the relationship between literacy and orality in Greece concerned the nature of the historical Socrateswhich was a long-debated issue.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. For example this is how it starts: His nonsense books, mo …. In a nonliterate culture, stored experience necessary to cultural stability had to be preserved as poetry in order to be memorized. The Linguistic Task of the Presocratics.

Eric A. Havelock

In Homer, Havelock argues, the order of ideas is associative and temporal. Request removal from index. Sheikh Tajamul rated it really eic it Apr 05, One of the association’s first activities was organising a relief effort for Greecewhich had just been liberated from Nazi control.

The Oral Sources of the Hellenic Intelligence.

Preface to Plato

Havelock is a classicist, versed in the original Greek texts, but his prface is accessible to all. As a young boy, he lived in Scotland, attending Greenock Academy where he was introduced to Greek at age twelve.


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Implications for Librarianship” Libraries and the Academy Vol. Compelling prrface focused on the transition from a society dominated by the oral transmission of knowledge to one where the written word is the principle vehicle of knowledge.

Scott Celsor – – Philosophy and Theology 25 2: The Monist Library of Philosophy. British Journal of Aesthetics 3 4: The reason for the dominance of this traditi Plato’s poato attack on poetry has always been a problem for sympathetic students, who have often minimized or avoided it.

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. His work in this period shows a theoretical sophistication far beyond his earlier efforts, extending his theory of literacy toward a theory of culture itself. He and Walter J. He wrote in