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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

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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.


Contributions

2017

'Filling the Space Between: What Can We Learn From Plato?'

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2012

Signed entries on 'The Symposium', and 'Women'.

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2010

'On Christopher Gill on Particulars, Selves and Individuals in Stoic Philosophy'.

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2010

Signed entries on 'Virtue, Philosophical Conceptions of', and 'Virtue, Popular Conceptions of'.

 
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2009

'Socrates'.

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2008

Five revised signed entries on 'Plato', 'Aristotle', 'Greek Political Thought', 'Socrates', and 'The Sophists'. 

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2007

'Plato on war'.

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2006

'Female imagery in Plato'.

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1998

Four signed entries on 'Antiphon', 'Nomos and Phusis', 'Callicles', and 'Thrasymachus'.