Personality in Greek Epic, Tragedy, and Philosophy: The Self in Dialogue
Clarendon Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 510 pages
This is a major study of conceptions of selfhood and personality in Homer, Greek tragedy, and philosophy. The focus in on norms of personality in Greek psychology and ethics. The key thesis is that, to understand Greek thinking of this type, we need to counteract the subjective andindividualistic aspects of our own thinking about the self. The book defines an 'objective-participant' conception of personality, symbolized by the idea of the person as an interlocutor in a series of types of psychological and ethical dialogue. The book is both an original contribution to thehistory of ideas of personality and the self and also offers sustained analysis and new interpretations of a number of important topics in Greek philosophy and literature. These topics include: Homeric decision-making; the problematic hero in Homer's Iliad and Greek tragedy; monologues ofself-division in Greek poetry; the tripartite division of the soul and ethical education in Plato's Republic; Aristotle's ideas about 'being yourself' and meeting the claims of others; Greek philosophical thinking about what it means to be fully 'human' or 'divine'. The book is shaped as a responseto recent work in the philosophy of mind, ethics, personhood, as well as in classical scholarship. Clear and non-technical, with all Greek translated, the book brings out the continuing importance of ancient Greek thinking for contemporary study of ideas of personality and selfhood.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Posing the Questions
Making up Your Mind
Being a Hero
11 other sections not shown
Achilles action agent analysis approach argued argument Aristotle Aristotle's beliefs chapter character characterization claims combination communal conceived conception connection constitutes contrast criticism debate deliberation desires dialectic dialogue discussed distinction earlier effect emotions engagement especially ethical expressed fact figures framework fully functions further give Greek grounded heroes Homeric human idea ideal implied individual internal interpersonal interpretation involved Irwin issue Kantian kind knowledge lives means Medea mind mode monologue moral motivation nature normative noted objective Odysseus offered one's participant passage pattern person philosophical Plato's poetic position possible practical presented principles problematic psycho-ethical psychological question rational reading reasoning reference reflective refs relationship relevant response role seems seen sense shaped shared significance similar Snell speech stage Stoic suggested taken text to nn theory thinking thought underline understanding virtue
All Book Search results »
Ambitiosa Mors: Suicide and the Self in Roman Thought and Literature
No preview available - 2004