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    DescriptionThis comprehensive, yet compact, introduction examines Plato's understanding of law, justice, virtue, and the connection between politics and philosophy. Focusing on three of Plato's dialogues- The Laws, The Republic, and The Statesman-Mark Blitz lays out the philosopher's principal interests in government and the strength and limit of the law, the connection between law and piety, the importance of founding, and the status and limits of political knowledge. He examines all of Plato's discussions of politics and virtues, comments on specific dialogues, and discusses the philosopher's explorations of beauty, pleasure, good, and the relations between politics and reason. Throughout, Blitz reinforces Plato's emphasis on clear and rigorous reasoning in ethics and political life and explains in straightforward language the valuable lessons one can draw from examining Plato's writings. The only introduction to Plato that both gathers his separate discussions of politically relevant topics and pays close attention to the context and structure of his dialogues, this volume directly contrasts the modern view of politics with that of the ancient master. It is an excellent companion to Plato's Dialogues.


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    Title
    Plato's Political Philosophy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Blitz
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801897658
    ISBN 10: 0801897653
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    BIC subject category V2: JPA, HPCA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    BIC subject category V2: HPS
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 26
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A10170000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC22: 320.092
    B&T Approval Code: A10201522
    LC classification: JC71.P62 B55 2010
    Thema V1.0: QDHA, QDTS, JPA
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    12 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Mark Blitz is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy and director of the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom at Claremont McKenna College. He is the coeditor, along with William Kristol, of Educating the Prince and the author of Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life and Heidegger's "Being and Time" and the Possibility of Political Philosophy.
    Review quote
    Readers of all levels can be grateful for this ambitious book, which is not limited to an account of Plato's political philosophy narrowly understood. Besides skillful chapters on Laws, Republic, and Statesman, Blitz provides accurate and instructive treatments of 11 other dialogues... Highly recommended. Choice 2011 [Blitz's] book is beautifully organized, and he succeeds in moving "along Plato's spiraling paths." -- Mary P. Nichols Claremont Review of Books 2011