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The Drama of IdeasPlatonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy$
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Martin Puchner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730322.001.0001

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The New Platonists

The New Platonists

(p.173) 5 The New Platonists
The Drama of Ideas

Martin Puchner

Oxford University Press

The influence of Plato on modern philosophy is immense. Through his dramatic writing, he is a constant reminder of the tangible, the personal, and the concrete. This chapter advocates a way of rethinking Plato in modern times through a discussion of contemporary Platonism. This objective is attained by presenting a number of contemporary philosophers who are self-declared Platonists. This chapter discusses in detail three Platonists that were inclined towards dramatic Platonism: Iris Murdoch and her critique of language philosophy and relativism, Martha Nussbaum and her program that accords intelligence to emotions and envisions the work of emotions as some kind of Platonist ascent, and Alain Badiou and his approach to dramatic Platonism with continental philosophy.

Keywords:   modern philosophy, Plato, Platonism, dramatic Platonism, Iris Murdoch, Martha Nussbaum, Alain Badiou, continental philosophy

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