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Otherwise Than the Binary


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Table of Contents

Jessica Elbert Decker and Danielle A. Layne

Part I: Myth, Divination, and the Pre-Platonic

1. Was Homer's Circe a Witch?
Andrew Gregory

2. The Oracle as Intermediary
Sasha Biro

3. The Roots of Life and Death in the Homeric Hymns and Presocratic Philosophy
Jessica Elbert Decker

4. The Intelligibility of Difference: Anaxagoras' and Lugones' Ontologies of Separation
Holly Moore

Part II: Platonic Transformations

5. As Much Mixture as Will Suffice: Socrates' Embodied Intermediacy in Plato's Phaedo and Symposium
Hilary Yancey and Anne-Marie Schultz

6. Overturning Soul-Body Dualism in Plato's Timaeus
Monica Vilhauer

7. The Argument of Socrates' Action in Republic V
Mary Townsend

Part III: Late Antique Destabilizations

8. Divine Mothers: Plotinus' Erotic Productive Causes
Danielle A. Layne

9. Beyond Maleness and Femaleness? The Case of the Virgin Goddesses in Proclus' Metaphysics
Jana Schultz

10. Hekate and the Liminality of Souls
William Koch

11. Christian Platonists in Support of Gender Equality: Bardaisan, Clement, Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, and Eriugena
Ilaria L. E. Ramelli


About the Author

Jessica Elbert Decker is Associate Professor at California State University San Marcos. Danielle A. Layne is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Gonzaga University. Monica Vilhauer is Founder of Curious Soul Philosophy.


"…this book gives several fascinating views on aspects of ancient philosophy and culture, with consequences for our time … it [is] immensely captivating and thought-provoking." — Wiccan Rede

"Overall, the concept of 'the otherwise' is a richly generative site for all manner of questioning, and the editors are to be commended for offering a volume which will no doubt provoke further questions and conversations both along and beyond the lines of inquiry established on the pages here." — Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This volume rests on an innovative impulse to look anew at binaries in Greek thought. The essays take up a range of binaries that historiographies trace back to the Greeks, and it troubles these binaries, while also linking them to sex/gender binaries at the same time. For example, muthos/logos, stasis/change, same/different, male/female, mind/body, and so forth. And as the editors' interest in the marginalized signals, the collection specifically examines these binaries with an eye toward their internal hierarchical relationships (e.g., mind is superior to body) and how these have shaped social ontology. While building on some of the feminist and deconstructive work on this issue, the collection moves considerably beyond that, taking up new texts, figures, and issues. The essays are engaging, intelligent, and certainly will further the productive engagement with these texts." — Jill Gordon, Colby College

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