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G. R. Boys-Stones and J. H. Haubold

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199236343

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236343.001.0001

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Hesiod and Plato's history of philosophy

Hesiod and Plato's history of philosophy

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Plato and Hesiod

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This chapter argues that Hesiod's praise of one form of eris (‘strife’) makes him a symbol and archetype for what Plato sees as the unproductive squabbling of much subsequent philosophical debate. His own philosophical methodology, underpinned by the assonant language of eros, is presented as a transformation of this eris, a transformation which retains what is positive in its drive for progress, while freeing itself of its tendency to polemic for polemic's sake.

Keywords:   Hesiod, Plato, history of philosophy, eristic, dialectic

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