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Plato and the Invention of Life

Michael Naas


While the question of life (whether bios or zōē) is not the explicit focus of any Platonic dialogue, it is, this book argues, an absolutely central and structuring question for all of Plato’s thought and, perhaps especially, for his ontology. This is nowhere more evident than in the Statesman, where the central myth of the two ages sketches out not only two epochs of human life and two models of human governance but two very different kinds and valences of life. Plato and the Invention of Life begins by offering a reading of Plato’s Statesman in order to ask about the question of life in Plato ... More

Keywords: bare life, Jacques Derrida, life, myth, ontology, Plato, statesmanship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823279678
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Naas, author
DePaul University