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In the Mirror of the Phaedrus

Mário Jorge de Carvalho, António de Castro Caeiro and Hélder Telo (eds.)

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The title of this volume alludes to Phaedrus 255d, where Socrates says that the lover is, as it were, the mirror in which the beloved beholds himself. Mirrors provide a chance to overcome some of the natural limitations of vision – and in particular they enable us to see that which otherwise would remain completely out of sight and in this sense is the farthest object, namely : oneself.
The papers in this volume share the notion that the study of Plato – and notably the study of the Phaedrus – can be much more than the study of one of the major philosophical works of the so-called Western Canon. According to this view, Plato’s Phaedrus holds a mirror or is itself a mirror : a metaphorical mirror in which we can see blind spots viz. things outside our normal “field of vision” – and in particular a metaphorical mirror in which we can see ourselves reflected and discover blind spots in our own awareness of self and others.

Academia Verlag - Lecturae Platonis
310 pages - 15,5 × 21,5 cm
ISBN 978-3-89665-611-7 - octobre 2013

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