Constituting the Political Age in Plato's Statesman: New Categories for an Old Question

History of Political Thought, Forthcoming

16 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2016

Date Written: July 13, 2016

Abstract

The myth of the age of Kronos and Zeus in Plato’s Statesman is very ambiguous. In this paper, 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.

Suggested Citation

Zuolo, Federico, Constituting the Political Age in Plato's Statesman: New Categories for an Old Question (July 13, 2016). History of Political Thought, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2808996

Federico Zuolo (Contact Author)

University of Genoa ( email )

Via Vivaldi 5
Genova, 16126
Italy

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