Tae-Yeoun Keum's “Plato and the Mythic Tradition of Political Thought” is featured in The Current

Fresh Eyes on Plato

Scholar’s book examines how a long line of thinkers have approached Plato’s use of myth in political philosophy
By Jim Logan
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 09:30
Santa Barbara, CA

Tae-Yeoun Keum was mesmerized by Plato as a freshman in college. She most loved the myths, “these vivid, fantastical stories that Plato invented and integrated into his philosophical dialogues.”

Later, reading a treatise by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a 17th-century German philosopher, she came across a myth obviously inspired by Plato. This got her to thinking: Who else was doing this? And why would a modern political philosopher even want to do that?

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