Item description for Plato's Progeny: How Plato and Socrates Still Captivate the Modern Mind (Classical Inter/Faces) by Melissa Lane & M. S. Lane...
Socrates wrote nothing; Plato's accounts of Socrates helped to establish western politics, ethics, and metaphysics. Both have played crucial and dramatically changing roles in western culture. In the last two centuries, the triumph of democracy has led many to side with the Athenians against a Socrates whom they were right to kill. Meanwhile, the Cold War gave us polar images of Plato as both a dangerous totalitarian and an escapist intellectual. This book is framed by accounts of modern responses to the trials of Socrates and the ironies of Socratic inquiry. At its centre are two chapters exploring the idea of Platonic 'origins' in philosophy, and of Platonic 'foundations' for philosophical politics, as these have been read by Coleridge, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Popper, and Murdoch among others. Melissa Lane argues that the search for Platonic origins is an artefact of post-modern literalism. Yet images of Socratic inquiry can still invigorate our ethics and politics.
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Melissa Lane is Lecturer in the History of Political Thought at Cambridge University and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. Her previous book was a study of Plato's Statesman and she has also written widely on contemporary thinkers.
Melissa Lane has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Cambridge Princeton University, New Jersey Princeton Uni.
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Good overview of takes on Plato/Socrates Aug 19, 2003
Excellent book, but it's not about Plato or Socrates per se. Rather, it does a really good job of surveying most of the influential readings of Plato, Socrates, and their relationship to each other, from antiquity to the present day (including Grote, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Foucault, Popper, etc.). It's easy to read and non-technical, but one is astounded at the amount of research behind it. I'd make this required reading for beginning graduate students of ancient philosophy, or for people with a general interest in Plato. While it is accessible to undergrads, they probably wouldn't be as interested in the streams of traditional Plato readership.
Enthusiastically recommended for students of philosophy Sep 8, 2001
In Plato's Progeny: How Plato And Socrates Still Captivate The Modern Mind, Melissa Lane (University Lecturer in History at Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge) begins with an account of modern responses to the trial of Socrates and the controversial question of Socrates' relation to Plato. She explores the idea of Platonic origins in and for philosophy, as well as the Platonic foundations for philosophical politics. Plato's Progeny also explores the invocations of Plato as Lane persuasively argues that twentieth-century ideological battles have obscured the importance of Socratic individualism, the nature of Platonic ethics, and the value of Platonic politics for a contemporary society. Enthusiastically recommended for students of philosophy in general, and the contributions of Socrates and Plato in particular, Plato's Progeny is an ideal and exceptionally well written introduction and commentary.