Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato: A Modern Interpretation and Philosophical Defense of Platonism, written by Michael LaFargue Human Wisdom: Studies in Ancient Greek Philosophy, written by Erik Nis Ostenfeld

Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato: A Modern Interpretation and Philosophical... Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato: A Modern Interpretation and Philosophical Defense of Platonism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016, 273pp., ISBN 978-1-43846-025-3.Human Wisdom: Studies in Ancient Greek Philosophy. Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2016, 382 pp., ISBN 978-3-89665-694-0.These two recent books are alike in addressing wisdom in the Platonic tradition, but do so in different ways. Michael LaFargue’s Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato presents a “critical reconstruction” of Platonic ethics that can be applied to character development today. He starts from the perspective that philosophy was a way of life for Plato and other ancient philosophers, and that one of its central concerns was the cultivation of character by inquiry into and pursuit of virtue ideals. Therefore, he discounts the metaphysical interpretation of the Forms and focuses on Virtue-Forms as ideal models on which to build character. The essence of Platonic ethics, he argues, is to refine understanding of the Virtue-Forms through critical reasoning. He states that a recurring reason for the metaphysical interpretation and other distortions is an ahistorical perspective common to many philosophers.LaFargue presents his thesis repeatedly, but at progressively deeper levels that explore details and interconnections. An introductory chapter defines his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of the Platonic Tradition Brill

Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato: A Modern Interpretation and Philosophical Defense of Platonism, written by Michael LaFargue Human Wisdom: Studies in Ancient Greek Philosophy, written by Erik Nis Ostenfeld

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato: A Modern Interpretation and Philosophical Defense of Platonism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016, 273pp., ISBN 978-1-43846-025-3.Human Wisdom: Studies in Ancient Greek Philosophy. Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2016, 382 pp., ISBN 978-3-89665-694-0.These two recent books are alike in addressing wisdom in the Platonic tradition, but do so in different ways. Michael LaFargue’s Rational Spirituality and Divine Virtue in Plato presents a “critical reconstruction” of Platonic ethics that can be applied to character development today. He starts from the perspective that philosophy was a way of life for Plato and other ancient philosophers, and that one of its central concerns was the cultivation of character by inquiry into and pursuit of virtue ideals. Therefore, he discounts the metaphysical interpretation of the Forms and focuses on Virtue-Forms as ideal models on which to build character. The essence of Platonic ethics, he argues, is to refine understanding of the Virtue-Forms through critical reasoning. He states that a recurring reason for the metaphysical interpretation and other distortions is an ahistorical perspective common to many philosophers.LaFargue presents his thesis repeatedly, but at progressively deeper levels that explore details and interconnections. An introductory chapter defines his

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Published: Apr 20, 2018

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