Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 March 2014

224 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823257430

Also Available As:


Bookseller Code (06)

Ordinary Oblivion and the Self Unmoored

Reading Plato's Phaedrus and Writing the Soul

Jennifer R. Rapp

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • This book develops an understanding of the human person in which the soul is presented as an alternative to selfhood and the written word is identified as the locale for this shift.
  • The author argues for this in a sustained reading of Plato's Phaedrus.
  • Her analysis of the relationship between remembrance and forgetting in this dialogue points to new ways of understanding the character and place of ordinary forms of oblivion in a life.