Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Tushar Irani

Major

College of Letters, Religion

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis explores several Platonic dialogues through the lens of recent religious studies scholarship on the category of religious experience. By tracing the language of frenzy and vision through the Platonic texts, this thesis argues that Plato scholarship’s long struggle with these forms of “religious” language stems not out of inconsistencies in the text itself but out of the scholarship’s insufficient understanding of the category of religious experience. In the process, this thesis attempts to offer a comprehensive account of the relationship between the experience of philosophy and the “religious” language scattered throughout Plato’s descriptions of this experience.

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