Plato and the Question of Beauty

Announcing the publication of Drew Hyland’s Plato and the Question of Beauty.

The publisher’s description of the book reads as follows:

“A well written and forcefully argued exposition of one of the most important themes in Plato’s philosophy.” —Walter Brogan, Villanova University

Drew A. Hyland, one of Continental philosophy’s keenest interpreters of Plato, takes up the question of beauty in three Platonic dialogues, the Hippias Major, Symposium, and Phaedrus. What Plato meant by beauty is not easily characterized, and Hyland’s close readings show that Plato ultimately gives up on the possibility of a definition. Plato’s failure, however, tells us something important about beauty—that it cannot be reduced to logos.

Exploring questions surrounding love, memory, and ideal form, Hyland draws out the connections between beauty, the possibility of philosophy, and philosophical living. This new reading of Plato provides a serious investigation into the meaning of beauty and places it at the very heart of philosophy.

Studies in Continental Thought
168 pages
978-0-253-35138-8, cloth $55.00
978-0-253-21977-0, paper $21.95