Postmodern Platos: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, Strauss, Derrida
by Catherine H. Zuckert
University of Chicago Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-226-99331-7 | Cloth: 978-0-226-99330-0
Library of Congress Classification B395.Z78 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 190

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Catherine Zuckert examines the work of five key philosophical figures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through the lens of their own decidedly postmodern readings of Plato. She argues that Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, Strauss, and Derrida, convinced that modern rationalism had exhausted its possibilities, all turned to Plato in order to rediscover the original character of philosophy and to reconceive the Western tradition as a whole. Zuckert's artful juxtaposition of these seemingly disparate bodies of thought furnishes a synoptic view, not merely of these individual thinkers, but of the broad postmodern landscape as well. The result is a brilliantly conceived work that offers an innovative perspective on the relation between the Western philosophical tradition and the evolving postmodern enterprise.

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