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Tarik Wareh
Trustees of Union College (Schenectady, NY 12308-3256)

FT-57157-09
Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2009 – 8/31/2009

The Lost Years - Literary Competition, Philosophy, and Politics in the Generation after Plato and Isocrates

I will prepare the draft manuscript of my book, The Lost Years - Literary Competition, Philosophy, and Politics in the Generation after Plato and Isocrates, for publication. The book describes the literary and intellectual history of the crucial, but little understood, transitional period from Classical to Hellenistic philosophy and literature, focusing on the politics and the educational character of the Athenian schools founded by Plato and his contemporary Isocrates. The book develops a coherent picture of an intellectual playing field as it existed during this period and problematizes the boundary between rhetoric and philosophy. It revises current notions in the history of philosophy with an argument that Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics cannot be fully understood without reference to the tradition of rhetorical education which we can know through Isocrates' surviving works. It analyzes the extensive intellectual contacts between Isocratean and Academic circles.