Plato and the hero : courage, manliness, and the impersonal good / Angela Hobbs
- Hobbs, Angela (Angela H.
- Additional Titles:
- Plato & the Hero
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xvii, 280 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- 1. The puzzle of Plato's thumos -- 2. Thumos, andreia and the ethics of flourishing -- 3. Arms and the man: andreia in the Laches -- 4. Odd virtue out: courage and goodness in the Protagoras -- 5. Why should I be good? Callicles, Thrasymachus and the egoist challenge -- 6. Heroes and role models: the Apology, Hippias Major and Hippias Minor -- 7. The threat of Achilles -- 8. Plato's response: the valuable as one -- 9. Alcibiades' revenge: thumos in the Symposium -- Epilogue: The weaver's art: andreia in the Politicus and Laws.
- Plato's thinking on courage, manliness and heroism is both profound and central to his work, but these areas of his thought remain under-explored. This book examines his developing critique of both the notions and embodiments of manliness prevalent in his culture (particularly those in Homer), and his attempt to redefine them in accordance with his own ethical, psychological and metaphysical principles. It further seeks to locate the discussion within the framework of his general approach to ethics, an approach which focuses on concepts of flourishing and virtue, rather than on consequences or duty. The question of why courage is necessary in the flourishing life in its turn leads to Plato's bid to unify the noble and the beneficial and the tensions this unification creates between human and divine ideals. The issue of manliness also raises problems of gender: does Plato conceive of the ethical subject as human or male?
- 9780511551437 (ebook)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
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