This contribution takes its cue from the Ion's magnet simile, which famously depicts a chain of emotions binding together Muse, poet, performer and audience. Strikingly, Plato’s Symposium applies the very same model of communication to philosophy: the key-point is that philosophical communication is modelled on the highly emotional paradigm provided by rhapsodic poetry, which provides important clues as to how philosophy is conceptualized in the Platonic dialogues. This paves the way to a fresh look at comparable phenomena, ranging from archaic poetry to late antiquity and to the Byzantines, including Plotinus, Proclus and Psellus.

Philosophy as a Chain of ‘Poetic’ Emotions? Plato and Beyond / A. Capra - In: Emotions through Time : From Antiquity to Byzantium / [a cura di] D. Cairns, M. Hinterberger, A. Pizzone, M. Zaccarini. - [s.l] : Mohr, 2022. - ISBN 978-3-16-161341-8. - pp. 59-74

Philosophy as a Chain of ‘Poetic’ Emotions? Plato and Beyond

A. Capra
2022

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This contribution takes its cue from the Ion's magnet simile, which famously depicts a chain of emotions binding together Muse, poet, performer and audience. Strikingly, Plato’s Symposium applies the very same model of communication to philosophy: the key-point is that philosophical communication is modelled on the highly emotional paradigm provided by rhapsodic poetry, which provides important clues as to how philosophy is conceptualized in the Platonic dialogues. This paves the way to a fresh look at comparable phenomena, ranging from archaic poetry to late antiquity and to the Byzantines, including Plotinus, Proclus and Psellus.
Plato; emotions; Plotinus; Proclus; Psellus
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Settore L-FIL-LET/05 - Filologia Classica
Settore M-FIL/07 - Storia della Filosofia Antica
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