Plato's Rivalry with Medicine: A Struggle and Its Dissolution

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9780199919802: Plato's Rivalry with Medicine: A Struggle and Its Dissolution

While scholars typically view Plato's engagement with medicine as uniform and largely positive, Susan B. Levin argues that from the Gorgias through the Laws, his handling of medicine unfolds in several key phases. Further, she shows that Plato views medicine as an important rival for authority on phusis (nature) and eudaimonia (flourishing). Levin's arguments rest on careful attention both to Plato and to the Hippocratic Corpus.

Levin shows that an evident but unexpressed tension involving medicine's status emerges in the Gorgias and is explored in Plato's critiques of medicine in the Symposium and Republic. In the Laws, however, this rivalry and tension dissolve. Levin addresses the question of why Plato's rivalry with medicine is put to rest while those with rhetoric and poetry continue. On her account, developments in his views of human nature, with their resulting impact on his political thought, drive Plato's striking adjustments involving medicine in the Laws.

Levin's investigation of Plato is timely: for the first time in the history of bioethics, the value of ancient philosophy is receiving notable attention. Most discussions focus on Aristotle's concept of phronêsis (practical wisdom); here, Levin argues that Plato has much to offer bioethics as it works to address pressing concerns about the doctor-patient tie, medical professionalism, and medicine's relationship to society.

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Susan B. Levin is Professor of Philosophy at Smith College. She has previously published The Ancient Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry Revisited: Plato and the Greek Literary Tradition (OUP, 2001) and numerous articles.

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"...a well-argued, intellectually challenging, and edifying work that is accessible to a wide range of readers. The fresh light that it shines upon the professional location of physicians within Laws' Magnesia is a particularly valuable contribution, made all the more so by Levin's arguments about how Plato eventually arrived at that point. Of no less importance, though, is Levin's demonstration of how the works of Plato - and ancient thought more broadly - can provide useful insights for exploring contemporary philosophical issues in productive ways. It is my opinion that Levin has achieved this here, and I look forward to seeing further discussion that the book promotes." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review


"Susan Levin has written a compelling, tightly-argued book detailing Plato's complex relationship with ancient Greek medicine...This book is essential reading for those interested in ancient medicine, and Plato and medicine in particular. It is full of fascinating details, and is well-grounded in the literature." -- Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought


"...Levin reminds us that Plato's attitude toward medicine is not as simple and consistent as often assumed...I praise her attempt to make use of this trove of illuminating but largely undervalued texts in her reconstruction of Plato's historical-cultural context. The same goes for her treatment of the Laws, which, she demonstrates, ought to be studied more seriously as a guide to Plato's thought than it often is." -- Ancient Philosophy


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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014. XIV,299p. Hardbound with dust wrps. 'Given the increasing scholarly attention to ancient medicine and its cultural context over the past decade or so, Susan Levin?s project investigating Plato?s changing impressions of medicine and its relationship to philosophy is both important and timely. (.) 'Plato?s Rivalry with Medicine' is aimed at a broad audience, beyond scholars of ancient philosophy to bioethicists and medical historians (4; the OUP web page also includes doctors and nurses as other potential readers). Those without specific backgrounds in Plato or ancient medicine might find themselves disoriented at times by some of Levin?s more nuanced discussions; however, these instances are few, since the author takes special care to ensure the work?s accessibility, and the most dense scholarly comments are reserved for the footnotes. Key concepts and terms are defined in the body of the text, all Greek is transliterated, and both the occasional select Greek passages and individual words are translated for the reader. A robust glossary of Greek terms is included at the beginning of the work (xi-xiv), as is an index locorum to Platonic dialogues and Hippocratic treatises at the conclusion. 'Plato?s Rivalry with Medicine' is a well-argued, intellectually challenging, and edifying work that is accessible to a wide range of readers. The fresh light that it shines upon the professional location of physicians within Laws? Magnesia is a particularly valuable contribution, made all the more so by Levin?s arguments about how Plato eventually arrived at that point. Of no less importance, though, is Levin?s demonstration of how the works of Plato - and ancient thought more broadly - can provide useful insights for exploring contemporary philosophical issues in productive ways. It is my opinion that Levin has achieved this here, and I look forward to seeing further discussion that the book promotes.' (TYSON SUKAVA in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.08.30). Condition: New. Codice libro della libreria 47283

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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Oxford University Press, 2014. 320p. Hardback. . Levin reminds us that Plato's attitude toward medicine is not as simple and consistent as often assumed . I praise her attempt to make use of this trove of illuminating but largely undervalued texts in her reconstruction of Platoas historical-cultural context. The same goes for her treatment of the Laws, which, she demonstrates, ought to be studied more seriously as a guide to Platoas thought than it often is. Joel E. Mann, Ancient Philosophy |a 01/04/2016 (Publisher's information). Condition: New Print on Demand. Printed on Demand. Codice libro della libreria 42765

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