Beautiful City: The Dialectical Character of Plato's 'Republic'

Beautiful City: The Dialectical Character of Plato's 'Republic'


By (author) David Roochnik

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  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 15mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Ithaca
  • ISBN 10: 0801474531
  • ISBN 13: 9780801474538
  • Illustrations note: 4
  • Sales rank: 1,338,575

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David Roochnik argues that Plato's 'Republic' must be read dialectically, its parts understood as forming a unified whole. It can thus be seen not as a defence of an authoritarian & monolithic political system. but rather as a qualified defence of democracy & the values of diversity.

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"Does Plato's Republic defend an authoritarian and monistic political system? . . . All of us (historians, political philosophers, classicists) who are rather ill-disposed toward the political implications in Plato's book should read David Roochnik's rebuttal of this standard view. . . . I can warmly recommend this book to utopian scholars who want to have a knowledgeable and insightful guide to the complex dialectical drama that is Plato's Republic." Petteri Pietikainen, University of Hawaii, Utopian Studies 15.2"