ANGELA HUNTER HOBBS M.A., Ph.D. (Cambridge), FRSA
Professor of the Public
Understanding of Philosophy
University of Sheffield
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Chair of the Institute of Art and Ideas Trust; Honorary Patron of The Philosophy Foundation; one of the Town Philosophers for Malmesbury, PhilosophyTown
Plato and the Hero
by Angie Hobbs
Plato and the Hero explores Plato's thinking on courage, manliness and heroism. It examines Plato's developing critique of both the notions and embodiments of manliness prevalent in his culture (particularly those in Homer), and his attempt to redefine them in accordance with his own ethical, psychological and metaphysical principles. It further seeks to locate the discussion within the framework of his general approach to ethics, an approach which focuses on concepts of flourishing and virtue, rather than on consequences or duty. The question of why courage is necessary in the flourishing life in its turn leads to Plato's bid to unify the noble and the beneficial, and I argue that Plato's approach to ethics leads to close structural links between ethical and aesthetic judgements: both kinds of judgement in Plato are concerned with the proper mathematical relations between parts and whole. Nevertheless, this attempted unification still creates tensions between human and divine ideals. The issue of manliness also raises problems of gender: does Plato conceive of the ethical subject as human or male?
Dialogues discussed include the Republic, Laches, Protagoras, Gorgias, Apology, Hippias Minor and Hippias Major, Symposium, Politicus and Laws.
'Philosophy and the good life'
Chapter on 'Socrates, Eros, and Magic'.
'Filling the Space Between: What Can We Learn From Plato?'
Signed entries on 'The Symposium', and 'Women'.
'On Christopher Gill on Particulars, Selves and Individuals in Stoic Philosophy'.
Signed entries on 'Virtue, Philosophical Conceptions of', and 'Virtue, Popular Conceptions of'.
Five revised signed entries on 'Plato', 'Aristotle', 'Greek Political Thought', 'Socrates', and 'The Sophists'.
'Plato on war'.
'Female imagery in Plato'.
Four signed entries on 'Antiphon', 'Nomos and Phusis', 'Callicles', and 'Thrasymachus'.