Pater’s Heraclitus: Irony and the Historical Method
2017 (English)In: Pater the Classicist / [ed] Stefano Evangelista, Charles Martindale and Elisabeth Prettlejohn, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, 261-273 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
This chapter examines Pater’s reading of Heraclitus as it developed through his career, from the conclusion to the Renaissance onwards. Setting Pater’s classicism in dialogue with his comments on the ‘historical method’ in Plato and Platonism, the chapter contextualises Pater’s discussion of Heraclitus alongside that of his friend Ingram Bywater and nineteenth century German traditions, and particularly Schleiermacher’s hermeneutics. From Marius onward, Pater rereads Heraclitus, distancing himself from a ‘popular’ image of the philosophy of flux, emphasising terms such as ‘logos’ and ‘harmony’, before discussing the philosopher’s political significance in Plato and Platonism. The chapter concludes by suggesting that Pater’s classicism as it is exemplified in his reading of Heraclitus, always a reading proceeding through the prism of other readings, is somewhat ‘ironic’, always displaced.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 261-273 p.
Walter Pater, Heraclitus, Marius the Epicurean, Plato and Platonism, Studies in the History of the Renaissance
General Literature Studies
Research subject Literature; English; Philosophy
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