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Davis, Michael 1947-

Works: 15 works in 69 publications in 1 language and 4,785 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Editor, Other, Translator
Classifications: Q124.6, 190
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The politics of philosophy : a commentary on Aristotle's Politics by Michael Davis( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 1,159 libraries worldwide
In the most original interpretation of Aristotle's Politics in years, Michael Davis delivers many memorable and provocative formulations of Aristotle's messages concerning the constitutive tensions of political life. He traces the uncanny parallel between politics and philosophy in Aristotle, arguing that their connection is much deeper than it is ordinarily understood to be and that, for Aristotle, understanding either requires understanding the other. Davis presents his interpretation with a striking clarity and accessibility that makes the book a pleasure to read
Ancient tragedy and the origins of modern science by Michael Davis( Computer File )
4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 1,158 libraries worldwide
The autobiography of philosophy Rousseau's The reveries of the solitary walker by Michael Davis( file )
6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 761 libraries worldwide
In making the condition for its own possibility its deepest concern, philosophy is necessarily about itself_it is autobiographical. The first part of The Autobiography of Philosophy interprets Heidegger's Being and Time, Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals, Aristotle's Metaphysics, and Plato's Lysis as examples of the implicitly autobiographical character of philosophy. The second part is a reading of Rousseau's The Reveries of the Solitary Walker
The soul of the Greeks : an inquiry by Michael Davis( Book )
11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 417 libraries worldwide
<DIV><DIV> The understanding of the soul in the West has been profoundly shaped by Christianity, and its influence can be seen in certain assumptions often made about the soul: that, for example, if it does exist, it is separable from the body, free, immortal, and potentially pure. The ancient Greeks, however, conceived of the soul quite differently. In this ambitious new work, Michael Davis analyzes works by Homer, Herodotus, Euripides, Plato, and Aristotle to reveal how the ancient Greeks portrayed and understood what he calls 8220;the fully human soul. 8221; Beginning with Homers Iliad, Davis lays out the tension within the soul of Achilles between immortality and life. He then turns to Aristotles De Anima and Nicomachean Ethics to explore the consequences of the problem of Achilles across the whole range of the souls activity. Moving to Herodotus and Euripides, Davis considers the formers portrayal of the two extremes of cultureone rooted in stability and tradition, the other in freedom and motionand explores how they mark the limits of character. Davis then shows how Helen and Iphigeneia among the Taurians serve to provide dramatic examples of Herodotuss extreme cultures and their consequences for the soul. The book returns to philosophy in the final part, plumbing several Platonic dialoguesthe Republic, Cleitophon, Hipparchus, Phaedrus, Euthyphro, and Symposium to understand the souls imperfection in relation to law, justice, tyranny, eros, the gods, and philosophy itself. Davis concludes with Platos presentation of the soul of Socrates as self-aware and nontragic, even if it is necessarily alienated and divided against itself. The Soul of the Greeks thus begins with the imperfect soul as it is manifested in Achilles heroic, but tragic, longing and concludes with its nontragic and fuller philosophic expression in the soul of Socrates. But, far from being a historical survey, it is instead a brilliant meditation on what lies at the heart of being human. </DIV></DIV>
The argument of the action : essays on Greek poetry and philosophy by Seth Benardete( Book )
9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 359 libraries worldwide
Benardete's original interpretations are the fruits of this discovery of "the argument of the action.""--BOOK JACKET
Aristotle's Poetics : the poetry of philosophy by Michael Davis( Book )
5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 269 libraries worldwide
Aristotle On poetics by Aristotle( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 222 libraries worldwide
"Aristotle's much-translated On Poetics is the earliest and arguably the best treatment that we possess of tragedy as a literary form. The late Seth Benardete and Michael Davis have translated it anew with a view to rendering Aristotle's text into English as precisely as possible. A literal translation has long been needed, for in order to excavate the argument of On Poetics one has to attend not simply to what is said on the surface but also to the various puzzles, questions, and peculiarities that emerge only on the level of how Aristotle says what he says and thereby leads one to revise and deepen one's initial understanding of the intent of the argument. As On Poetics is about how tragedy ought to be composed, it should not be surprising that it turns out to be a rather artful piece of literature in its own right." "Benardete and Davis supplement their edition of On Poetics with extensive notes and appendices. They explain nuances of the original that elude translation, and they provide translations of passages found elsewhere in Aristotle's works as well as in those of other ancient authors that prove useful in thinking through the argument of On Poetics both in terms of its treatment of tragedy and in terms of its broader concerns. By following the connections Aristotle plots between On Poetics and his other works, readers will be in a position to appreciate the centrality of this little book for his thought on the whole." "In an introduction that sketches the overall interpretation of On Poetics, Davis argues that, while On Poetics is certainly about tragedy, it has a further concern extending beyond poetry to the very structure of the human soul in its relation to what is, and that Aristotle reveals in the form of his argument the true character of human action."--BOOK JACKET
Wonderlust : ruminations on liberal education by Michael Davis( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 175 libraries worldwide
"At a time when the cost of undergraduate education is soaring, it is worth attempting to gain some clarity about what liberal education is really for. Wonderlust attempts to sneak up on this question by both describing and exemplifying the centrality of wonder in thinking, and so in education."--BOOK JACKET
The poetry of philosophy : on Aristotle's Poetics by Michael Davis( Book )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 141 libraries worldwide
Archaeology of the soul : Platonic readings of ancient poetry and philosophy by Seth Benardete( Book )
4 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 79 libraries worldwide
Manuals that work : a guide for writers by Michael Davis( Book )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 32 libraries worldwide
Encounters & reflections conversations with Seth Benardete : with Robert Berman, Ronna Burger, and Michael Davis by Seth Benardete( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
"By turns wickedly funny and profoundly illuminating, Encounters and Reflections presents a captivating and unconventional portrait of the life and words of Seth Benardete. One of the leading scholars of ancient thought, Benardete here reflects on both the people he knew and the topics that fascinated him throughout his career in a series of candid, freewheeling conversations with Robert Berman, Ronna Burger and Michael Davis." "The closest thing we will have to an autobiography of one of the twentieth century's leading intellectuals, Encounters and Reflections brings Benardete's thought to life to enlighten and inspire a new generation of thinkers."--BOOK JACKET
Actual social contract and political obligation : a philosopher's history through Locke by Michael Davis( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
The Helen Merrell Lynd colloquium traditions of the new III : the possibilities of friendship ( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The late Helen Lynd, a member of the SLC faculty from 1928-1964, was a distinguished social thinker whose writing and teaching have had a profound effect on scholarship in a range of disciplines -- sociology, philosophy, political science, literature; her educational theories and practices also helped to shape what we know today as a Sarah Lawrence Education. Faculty members Michael Davis, Jan Drucker, and Veena Oldenburg will discuss friendship among persons and peoples. [Description from Sarah Lawrence College Weekly Calendar for Jan. 21 - Jan. 28, 1985]
The tragedy of law : Gyges in Herodotus and Plato by Michael Davis( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
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Davis, Michael Peter
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