L’étrange et inquiétant Platon de Hans F.K. Günther

Laval Théologique et Philosophique 62 (2):267-284 (2006)

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Résumé Les textes de Platon ont fait l’objet d’innombrables interprétations et récupérations depuis l’Antiquité grecque. Dans le contexte de l’Allemagne prénazie, l’écrivain Hans F.K. Günther a écrit un ouvrage apologétique des théories eugéniques en s’appuyant sur l’oeuvre du philosophe athénien, Platon als Hüter des Lebens. Dans cet article, nous présenterons les enjeux de ce texte de propagande, son contexte historique, ainsi que les implications inquiétantes de cette « appropriation », de cet « arraisonnement » de la philosophie classique à des fins purement politiques.Plato’s works have been the object of countless interpretations and recuperations ever since Greek antiquity. In the context of prenazi Germany, the writer Hans F.K. Günther published a work in defence of eugenic theories, allegedly based on the work of the Athenian philosopher and entitled Platon als Hüter des Lebens. The present article tries to set forth what is at stake in that propaganda piece, its historical context, as well as the disquieting implications of such an “appropriation” of classical philosophy to purely political ends.
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