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Personality in Greek Epic, Tragedy, and Philosophy: The Self in Dialogue (Paperback)
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Personality in Greek Epic, Tragedy, and Philosophy: The Self in Dialogue (Paperback)

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Paperback 520 Pages / Published: 23/04/1998
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This is a major study of conceptions of selfhood and personality in Homer, Greek tragedy, and philosophy. The focus is on norms of personality in Greek psychology and ethics. The key thesis is that, to understand Greek thinking of this type, we need to counteract the subjective and individualistic aspects of our own thinking about the self. The book defines an 'objective-participant' conception of personality, symbolized by the idea of the person as an interlocutor in a series of types of psychological and ethical dialogue. The book is both an original contribution to the history of ideas of personality and the self and also offers sustained analysis and new interpretations of a number of important topics in Greek philosophy and literature. These topics include: Homeric decision-making; the problematic hero in Homer's Iliad and Greek tragedy; monologues of self-division in Greek poetry; the tripartite division of the soul and ethical education in Plato's Republic; Aristotle's ideas about 'being yourself' and meeting the claims of others, and Greek philosophical thinking about what it means to be fully 'human', or 'divine'. The book is shaped as a response to recent work in the philosophy of mind, ethics, and personhood, as well as in classical scholarship. Clear and non-technical, with all Greek translated, the book brings out the continuing importance of ancient Greek thinking for contemporary study of ideas of personality and selfhood.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198152323
Number of pages: 520
Weight: 682 g
Dimensions: 216 x 137 x 30 mm


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Part of the beauty of this book is that there are several conceptual dialogues taking place: there is the intra-psychic, the inter-communal, the dialogue between ancient poetry and philosophy and, perhaps, most importantly the dialogue between ancient and contemporary thought. Anyone interested in ancient notions of the 'self' will have to take this pivotal study into account and enter into a dialogue with it * Mind, Vol.110, No.439 (July 2001) *
Gill is very successful in demonstrating that the 'objective-participant' is the model most applicable to ancient notions of the self * Mind, Vol.110, No.439 (July 2001) *
offers an original and convincing interpretation of the psychological and ethical frameworks on which ancient notions of the 'self' were based * Mind, Vol.110, No.439 (July 2001) *
Chris Gill's book is a major contribution to the study of the 'self' in ancient thought * Mind, Vol.110, No.439 (July 2001) *

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