James M. Rhodes

Written by James M. Rhodes

James M. Rhodes was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Marquette University. He was author of The Hitler Movement: A Modern Millenarian Revolution (Hoover Institution Press, 1980) and Eros, Wisdom, and Silence: Plato’s Erotic Dialogues (Missouri Press, 2003). Both books were winners of the Alpha Sigma Nu Award.

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Democracy, Language, And Rhetoric1
“Democracy, Language, and Rhetoric” is a legitimate and important topic. However, upon confronting it, one initially encounters at least three formidable complexes of questions. Here’s an inventory of the issues that I see:
First, what do we want to learn about rhetoric and language in democracies? Are we inquiring what democratic rhetoric is? Are we curious about the…
James Rhodes Eros Plato

Stanley Rosen


Stanley Rosen himself is a grateful student of Leo Strauss who never­theless announces: "I am in considerable disagreement with Strauss's gen­eral program." 115 His dissent from Strauss assimilates irony to postmod­ernism, pressing esotericism in rhetorical directions that Strauss does not wish to take. 
Rosen agrees with his teacher about much. Like Strauss, he proclaims "recognition of irony as…
James Rhodes Eros Plato

Leo Strauss joins the debate about Platonic silence on the side of Gott-hold Lessing.60 Perhaps he also sides with Friedrich Nietzsche secretly. He opposes Friedrich Schleiermacher and G. W. F. Hegel. He treats Socratic and Platonic irony specifically in The City and Man and the esotericism of great philosophers generally in Persecution and the Art of Writing. At first, his…
James Rhodes Eros Plato

Introduction
Plato directly and indirectly cautions his students that he does not commu­nicate with them straightforwardly. To repeat the warnings quoted previ­ously, Plato fiercely denies in his Seventh Letter that Dionysius II and other dubious individuals could have known that about which he is serious (περί ων εγώ σπουδάζω). They could not have understood it, "For there is no writing of…
Email Correspondence Technology

This exchange has been assembled from an email correspondence between Zdravko Planinc and James M. Rhodes that occurred in August and October 2007, and which both men have graciously agreed to allow us to publish. While the order of the correspondence has been maintained, the layout has been altered for clarity and simplicity. The content of the text has been…
Diotima Plato

The word “metaxy” (μεταξύ) is a Greek preposition, meaning “between.” Normally, Greek philosophers use “metaxy” much as we use “between” in numerous everyday settings, without great significance. However, there is a line in Plato’s Symposium in which Diotima defines Eros as “a great daimon,” adding that “the whole of the daimonic is between [metaxy] god and mortal” (202d13-e1). In that…
Scholasticism


[We need to] recognize that Voegelin is analyzing [Greek] thinkers who appropriated the common Greek meanings of [various] terms for special uses, to designate specific movements of the spirit. Then stop worrying about the words and concentrate on the designated movements. It is important to grasp the movements of the spirit that occurred in the cases analyzed, not the words…
James Rhodes Eros Plato

Stanley Rosen


Stanley Rosen himself is a grateful student of Leo Strauss who never­theless announces: "I am in considerable disagreement with Strauss's gen­eral program." 115 His dissent from Strauss assimilates irony to postmod­ernism, pressing esotericism in rhetorical directions that Strauss does not wish to take. 
Rosen agrees with his teacher about much. Like Strauss, he proclaims "recognition of irony as…