Faculty Book: Nickolas Pappas

Nickolas Pappas
Plato's Exceptional City, Love, and Philosopher
(Routledge, 2020)

image of book: Plato’s Exceptional City, Love, and PhilosopherThis book reconnoiters the appearances of the exceptional in Plato: as erotic desire (in the Symposium and Phaedrus), as the good city (Republic), and as the philosopher (IonTheaetetusSophistStatesman). It offers fresh and sometimes radical interpretations of these dialogues.

Those exceptional elements of experience – love, city, philosopher – do not escape embodiment but rather occupy the same world that contains lamentable versions of each. Thus Pappas is depicting the philosophical ambition to intensify the concepts and experiences one normally thinks with. His investigations point beyond the fates of these particular exceptions to broader conclusions about Plato’s world.

Plato’s Exceptional City, Love, and Philosopher will be of interest to any readers of Plato, and of ancient philosophy more broadly.

Pappas is a professor of philosophy at The Graduate Center and The City College of New York and executive officer of The Graduate Center's Ph.D. Program in Philosophy. 


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Submitted on: FEB 10, 2021

Category: Faculty Books | Philosophy