Allegorical Interpretation and Place of Myth in Plato

Status Quaestionis

Authors

  • Magdalena Wdowiak Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.12797/CC.20.2017.20.11

Keywords:

allegory, enigma, symbol, poetry, myth

Abstract

Allegorical Interpretation and Place of Myth in Plato

The paper raises the issue of allegorical interpretation, and its role and place in Plato’s philosophy. The first part of the paper shows the theoretical findings and explains the use of terms aίnigma, sýmbolon, hypónoia in Plato’s philosophy. The next part explores Plato’s attitude toward allegorical interpretation and the function of myth (mūthos) in his philosophy. Two important points are presented here regarding Plato’s critique. They serve as the criterion for the validation of myth in the ideal state: the role of myth in paideia and its relation to philosophical discourse.

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Published

2017-05-12

How to Cite

Wdowiak, M. “Allegorical Interpretation and Place of Myth in Plato: Status Quaestionis”. Classica Cracoviensia, vol. 20, May 2017, pp. 213-26, doi:10.12797/CC.20.2017.20.11.

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