Plato's Republic as a Philosophical Drama on Doing Well

Plato's Republic as a Philosophical Drama on Doing Well

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Transcending dominant debates of whether Plato's Republic is about the ideal state, the soul, art, or education, Ivor Ludlam's analysis treats the dialogue as pure conversation. Returning to the original Greek, Ludlam examines the dialogue both in its details and in its entirety. The result is a holistic interpretation wherein Ludlam reveals how each character becomes a paradigm for an aspect of the Republic's central theme-the apparent good. Ultimately, it is the individual aspects of apparent good that the characters represent that determines the final course of the dialogue. Revisioning the central theme of the Republic through the motivations and interactions of its characters, Ludlam provides an innovative, holistic, and dramatic analysis of this foundational more

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  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 7 tables
  • 0739190199
  • 9780739190197
  • 1,715,387

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Ivor Ludlam succeeds in unifying the Republic's multiplicity of ideas and themes, and in taming what might otherwise appear a great tangle. Ludlam's ingenious organizing principle is the correspondence between the dialogue's characters and the political types Socrates describes. Treating the dialogue's philosophical content as unfolding through its drama, this work honors Plato as a philosopher whose identity stubbornly resists submersion in that of any of the characters he limns. In the Republic, Plato is thus able to present his unique and inspiring vision of philosophy as the dialectical study of dialectic. -- Roslyn Weiss, Lehigh Universityshow more

About Ivor Ludlam

Ivor Ludlam is lecturer for Latin and Greek studies at the University of more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. The Thrasymachus Problem Chapter 3. A Philosophical Drama Chapter 4. The Characters Chapter 5. Socrates and the Logos Chapter 6. The Digression Chapter 7. A Model Dialogue Chapter 8. Doing Well Chapter 9. A Dialogue on Apparently Doing Wellshow more