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CONSTITUTING THE POLITICAL AGE IN PLATO'S STATESMAN: NEW CATEGORIES FOR AN OLD QUESTION

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The myth of the age of Kronos and Zeus in Plato's Statesman is very ambiguous. In this article, I propose a new set of grounds for upholding the traditional interpretation of the myth against some recent interpretations -- by Luc Brisson, Gabriela Carone and Charles Kahn--that seek to view the age of Kronos as a positive condition. To do so I argue that this myth should be understood as a constitutive myth. To explain what a constitutive myth is I propose a set of five categories (genetic myth, constitutive myth, epistemic myth, eschatological myth, psychagogic myth). In particular, the myth of Kronos and Zeus in the Statesman is a constitutive myth because, by sharply distinguishing the two ages, it highlights the need for politics and techniques in the age of Zeus.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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