New article by Aleksei Pleshkov
A new article by the director of Poletayev Institute, Aleksei Pleshkov, was published in the journal “In Gremium. Studies in History, Culture and Politics” (No 14, 2020). The article “Time as a Political Resource: Early Greek Thought and Plato’s Philosophy of Time” is based on the talk Aleksei Pleshkov gave at the international conference “Reception of Ancient Political Ideas and Models in Modern European Culture till the end of the 20th Century”, held on September 13–15 at the University of Zielona Góra (Poland).
In the article, the author reconstructs the intellectual context relevant to Plato’s “philosophy of time”. First of all, since the tradition preceding Plato did not produce a unified concept of time, the problem of multiplicity of times is discussed. Then, the author examines the peculiar experience of the instability of time, linking dimensions of human behavior and cosmic order. Finally, the problem of affectivity of time and the need for standardizing time for political coexistence is considered. It is argued that the concept of time is what allows Plato to connect the micro-level of individual behavior with the meso-level of politics and macro-level of nature.
The full text is available on the journal’s website.