Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Perils of Uglytown – Studies in Structural Misanthropology from Plato to Rembrandt - Fordham Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Perils of Uglytown: Studies in Structural Misanthropology from Plato to Rembrandt

Harry Berger, Jr.


This book considers a variety of texts and images ranging from those of Thucydides and Plato to those of William Shakespeare and Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. The Introduction explains the key concept of the study, structural misanthropology, a variant on Claude Lévi-Strauss’s idea of structural anthropology. Part I explores its activity in several Platonic dialogues: Lysis, Crito, Phaedo, The Republic, and Timaeus. Part II turns to the Renaissance in Italy, England, and the Netherlands. Structural misanthropology is discussed first in the work of several Italian humanists (Leon Battista Albert ... More

Keywords: structural misanthropology, Thucydides, Plato, William Shakespeare, Rembrandt, structural anthropology, Phaedo, The Republic, Timaeus, Renaissance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823245161
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245161.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Berger, Jr., author
University of California, Santa Cruz