Plato s Republic

But many students of Plato ' have been struck by the fact that the central and cardinal portion of the Republicthe third act in which the drama culminates - takes the form of a digression , -- an é < tporn , as Plato himself de scribes ...


Author: Plato

Publisher: Editions Artisan Devereaux

ISBN: UOMDLP:afx0245:0002.001

Category: Political science

Page: 408

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The Cambridge Companion to Plato s Republic

[57] Mitchell,J. Plato's Fable: On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times. Princeton, 2006. [58] Murphy, N. R. The Interpretation of Plato's Republic. Oxford, 1951. [59] Nettleship, R. L. Lectures on the Republic of Plato. 2nd ed.


Author: G. R. F. Ferrari

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107494954

Category: Philosophy

Page: 560

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This Companion provides a comprehensive account of this outstanding work, which remains among the most frequently read works of Greek philosophy, indeed of Classical antiquity in general. The sixteen essays, by authors who represent various academic disciplines, bring a spectrum of interpretive approaches to bear in order to aid the understanding of a wide-ranging audience, from first-time readers of the Republic who require guidance, to more experienced readers who wish to explore contemporary currents in the work's interpretation. The three initial chapters address aspects of the work as a whole. They are followed by essays that match closely the sequence in which topics are presented in the ten books of the Republic. Since the Republic returns frequently to the same topics by different routes, so do the authors of this volume, who provide the readers with divergent yet complementary perspectives by which to appreciate the Republic's principal concerns.

Plato s Republic Essays

But many students of Plato ' have been struck by the fact that the central and cardinal portion of the Republicthe third act in which the drama culminates - takes the form of a digression , -an éxtpotń , as Plato himself describes it ?


Author: Plato


ISBN: CORNELL:31924087945626

Category: Political science


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Essays on Plato s Republic

Preface This volume has its origin in a conference on Plato's Republic held at the Centre for the Study of Antiquity, University of Aarhus, on 4-5 April 1997. Eight of the papers presented at the conference are included, while the ninth ...


Author: Erik Nis Ostenfeld

Publisher: Aarhus Universitetsforlag

ISBN: UOM:39015047591501

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 119

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CONTENTS: How Totalitarian is Plato's Republic; Plato as a Problem-Solver. The Unity of the Polis as a Key to the Interpretation of Plato's Republic; Plato and Xenophon: Two Contributions to the Constitutional Debate in the 4th Century BC; Did Plato ever Reply to those Critics, who Reproached him for 'the Emptiness of the Platonic Idea or Form of the Good'?; The Socratic Paradoxes and the Tripartite Soul; Eudaimonia in Plato's Republic; Plato's Ideal of Science; The Katabasis of Er. Plato's Use of Myths, exemplified by the Myth of Er; Index of Names; Index of Key Terms.

Summoning Knowledge in Plato s Republic

be useful to look at a couple of interpretive issues that arise in the earlier Books of the Republic, before he offers the more detailed explanation of his epistemology in Book V. But even in the earlier Books, I claim, there are plenty ...


Author: Nicholas D. Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192580610

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Nicholas D. Smith presents an original interpretation of the Republic, considering it to be a book about knowledge and education. Over the course of Summoning Knowledge in Plato's Republic, he argues for four main theses. Firstly, the Republic is not just a work that has a lot to say about education; it is a book that depicts Socrates as attempting to engage his interlocutors in such a way as to help to educate them and also engages us, the readers, in a way that helps to educate us. Secondly, Plato does not suppose that education, properly understood, should have as its primary aim putting knowledge into souls that do not already have it. Instead, the education Plato discusses, represents occurring between Socrates and his interlocutors, and hopes to achieve in his readers is one that aims to arouse the power of knowledge in us and then to begin to train that power always to engage with what is more real, rather than what is less real. Thirdly, Plato's conception of knowledge is not the one typically presented in contemporary epistemology. It is, rather, the power of conceptualization by the use of exemplars. And finally, Plato engages this power of knowledge in the Republic in a way he represents as only a kind of second-best way to engage knowledge - and not as the best way, which would be dialectic. Instead, Plato uses images that summon the power of knowledge to begin the process by which the power may become fully realized.

Proclus Commentary on Plato s Republic

Thirdly, one must examine the material circumstances (hylˆe) to the discussions in the Republic. This is incidentally considered under the topics of characters (prosôpon) and places (topos) and times (kairos).26 I know, at any rate, ...



Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108562935

Category: Philosophy


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The commentary on Plato's Republic by Proclus (d. 485 CE), which takes the form of a series of essays, is the only sustained treatment of the dialogue to survive from antiquity. This three-volume edition presents the first complete English translation of Proclus' text, together with a general introduction that argues for the unity of Proclus' Commentary and orients the reader to the use which the Neoplatonists made of Plato's Republic in their educational program. Each volume is completed by a Greek word index and an English-Greek glossary that will help non-specialists to track the occurrence of key terms throughout the translated text. The first volume of the edition presents Proclus' essays on the point and purpose of Plato's dialogue, the arguments against Thrasymachus in Book I, the rules for correct poetic depictions of the divine, a series of problems about the status of poetry across all Plato's works, and finally an essay arguing for the fundamental agreement of Plato's philosophy with the divine wisdom of Homer which is, on Proclus' view, allegorically communicated through his poems.

Plato Republic I books I V

It has been argued that this conclusion marks the end of a first edition of the Republic to which there are vague references in antiquity. There can be no proof for such an hypothesis.6 Plato's plan from the first presumably ...


Author: Plato


ISBN: PSU:000029105403


Page: 620

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Plato s Three fold City and Soul

“Akrasia in the Republic: Does Plato Change his Mind?” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 20: 107–48. Churchland, P. 1988. Matter and Consciousness: A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind, rev. ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT.


Author: Joshua I. Weinstein

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107170162

Category: History

Page: 260

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Weinstein argues that Plato's 'fighting spirit' in the Republic plays an essential role in rational agency.

Masters and Slaves

It cannot surprise that our reading of the Republic should be consistent with the report of so reliable an authority ... which is , in turn , explicitly indebted to Strauss , " On Plato's Republic , " in Leo Strauss , The City and Man ...


Author: Michael Palmer

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 073910277X

Category: History

Page: 163

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This collection of essays sheds light on the writings of leading figures in the history of political philosophy by exploring a nexus of questions concerning mastery and slavery in the human soul. To this end, Masters and Slaves elucidates archetypal human alternatives in their import for political life: the philosopher and king; the lover of wisdom and the lover of glory; the king and the tyrant; and finally, the master and the slave. Palmer re-examines these ideas as a framework for achieving a deeper understanding of the work of famous thinkers--from the ancient to modern times--including Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau. As well, the book addresses distinctions between the 'ancients' and the 'moderns, ' and touches on the work of contemporary theorists such as Leo Strauss, George Parkin Grant, and Allan Bloom.

Plato s Philosophers

The Contest with the Poets Renewed: Republic Some commentators have taken the Clitophon to be a discarded draft of an introduction to the Republic, because in the Republic Socrates appears to answer both of Clitophon's questions by ...


Author: Catherine H. Zuckert

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226993386

Category: Political Science

Page: 896

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Faced with the difficult task of discerning Plato’s true ideas from the contradictory voices he used to express them, scholars have never fully made sense of the many incompatibilities within and between the dialogues. In the magisterial Plato’s Philosophers, Catherine Zuckert explains for the first time how these prose dramas cohere to reveal a comprehensive Platonic understanding of philosophy. To expose this coherence, Zuckert examines the dialogues not in their supposed order of composition but according to the dramatic order in which Plato indicates they took place. This unconventional arrangement lays bare a narrative of the rise, development, and limitations of Socratic philosophy. In the drama’s earliest dialogues, for example, non-Socratic philosophers introduce the political and philosophical problems to which Socrates tries to respond. A second dramatic group shows how Socrates develops his distinctive philosophical style. And, finally, the later dialogues feature interlocutors who reveal his philosophy’s limitations. Despite these limitations, Zuckert concludes, Plato made Socrates the dialogues’ central figure because Socrates raises the fundamental human question: what is the best way to live? Plato’s dramatization of Socratic imperfections suggests, moreover, that he recognized the apparently unbridgeable gap between our understandings of human life and the nonhuman world. At a time when this gap continues to raise questions—about the division between sciences and the humanities and the potentially dehumanizing effects of scientific progress—Zuckert’s brilliant interpretation of the entire Platonic corpus offers genuinely new insights into worlds past and present.