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Ordinary Oblivion and the Self Unmoored – Reading Plato's Phaedrus and Writing the Soul - Fordham Scholarship Online
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Ordinary Oblivion and the Self Unmoored: Reading Plato's Phaedrus and Writing the Soul

Jennifer R. Rapp


Rapp begins with a question posed by poet Theodore Roethke: “should we say that the self, once perceived, becomes a soul?” Through her examination of Plato's Phaedrus and her insights about the place of forgetting in a life, Rapp answers Roethke's query with a resounding “yes.” In so doing, Rapp offers a re-imagined view onto the Phaedrus, a recast interpretation of Plato's relevance to contemporary life, and an innovative account of forgetting as a fertile fragility constitutive of humanity. The crux of Rapp's account of forgetting and her re-reading of Plato is the idea that ordinary forms o ... More

Keywords: Plato, Phaedrus, forgetting, soul, reading, oblivion, memory, self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257430
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer R. Rapp, author
Deep Springs College