Athens Victorious

Athens Victorious : Democracy in Plato's Republic

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Athens Victorious examines the notion of freedom in Plato's Republic, the proper understanding of which the author argues is essential for understanding the dialogue's ultimate political message. A close, thorough, and innovative analysis of the section of the dialogue in which various constitutional options are discussed leads to the surprising conclusion that the dialogue is advocating democracy, not some kind of totalitarian state.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739123262
  • 9780739123263

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Self-Relation and the Division of the Soul Chapter 2 Spirit, Honor, and Courage Chapter 3 Citizen Socrates Chapter 4 The Battle of Constitutions
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Recco's book is truly ambitious and provocative. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, November 2008 Rooting his argument in a fresh interpretation of Plato's understanding of the soul and its relation to politics, Recco successfully undermines the view of Plato as an authoritarian. He sheds light on the complex psychology of freedom and its connections to democratic rule and to philosophy. -- Svetozar Minkov, Roosevelt University
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About Greg Recco

Greg Recco is tutor at St. John's College in Annapolis.
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