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Platonic Irony in Berger

Nina Levine and David Lee Miller

in A Touch More Rare

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230303
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241071 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823230303.003.0016
Platonic Irony in Berger

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There is Socratic irony and there is structural irony in Plato, and the structural irony is more important. This is difficult for some to accept, because it involves irony beyond an intentionality of Socrates and the reassuring poise of his disingenuousness or understatement. Or it involves Plato not talking straight in legible, “mimetic” portrayals of sometimes ironic Socratic discourse. Socrates' Platonistic apologists downplay such phenomena, but it is hard to ignore how Plato works at situational ironies that Socrates keenly feels but is powerless to amend. This book by Plato is a kind of certainty we have but that Socrates, who can only vaguely and futilely threaten a historic backlash to his death, does not enjoy. In this book, this third way of the afterlife, Socrates is both annihilated and transmigrated — aufgehoben.

Keywords: Socrates; Plato; irony; Socratic; Platonistic; afterlife; aufgehoben; annihilated; transmigrated

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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