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A Touch More RareHarry Berger, Jr., and the Arts of Interpretation$
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Nina Levine and David Lee Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230303

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823230303.001.0001

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Platonic Irony in Berger

Platonic Irony in Berger

(p.215) Chapter 15 Platonic Irony in Berger
A Touch More Rare

Nina Levine

David Lee Miller

Fordham University Press

There is Socratic irony and there is structural irony in Plato, and the structural irony is more important. This is difficult for some to accept, because it involves irony beyond an intentionality of Socrates and the reassuring poise of his disingenuousness or understatement. Or it involves Plato not talking straight in legible, “mimetic” portrayals of sometimes ironic Socratic discourse. Socrates' Platonistic apologists downplay such phenomena, but it is hard to ignore how Plato works at situational ironies that Socrates keenly feels but is powerless to amend. This book by Plato is a kind of certainty we have but that Socrates, who can only vaguely and futilely threaten a historic backlash to his death, does not enjoy. In this book, this third way of the afterlife, Socrates is both annihilated and transmigrated — aufgehoben.

Keywords:   Socrates, Plato, irony, Socratic, Platonistic, afterlife, aufgehoben, annihilated, transmigrated

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