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Alexander Nehamas Alexander Nehamas … by David Carrier I met Alexander Nehamas in the 1970s in Pittsburgh, where we were both teaching. We shared developing intellectual interests. I told him Clement Greenberg's Art and Culture (Beacon, 1961) had convinced me that there was more to painting than academic aestheticians had ever dreamt; he told me about his struggle to write his book Nietzsche, Life as Literature (Harvard University Press, 1985), which has since become a classic. I was in the process of turning myself into a philosopher of art history, and I recall his kind, persistent encouragement. I admired and wanted to emulate the determined lucidity of his prose, the combination of bold speculation and extreme fastidiousness. After he left the University of Pittsburgh, we kept in touch. Now Nehamas is Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Head of the Council of the Humanities, Nehamas is a very busy administrator. His remarks about the public role of philosophers carry personal authority. He does not write about these issues from a position of detachment--he wrestles with them in his daily life. He has two books forthcoming. Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates (Princeton University Press, 1998) discusses "modern anxieties about television and other forms of popular culture" from the viewpoint of a classical scholar. The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault (University of California Press, 1998) based on the Sather Classical Lectures he delivered at Berkeley in 1992-93, traces Socrates' concern with the practice of philosophical life, in antiquity and as developed by Montaigne, Nietzsche and Nietzsche's most distinguished champion, Foucault." "Plato and the Mass Media" 1988 selection in Goldblatt and Brown [go to JSTOR for the unabridged version] 1) Although Book X of the Republic is embarrassing to some, these embarrassments are only apparent.
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