Plato's Republic

Plato's Republic : Critical Essays

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Designed for courses in the history of philosophy, social and political theory, government, and Plato specifically, Plato's Republic: Critical Essays will enrich students' understanding of this profoundly influential work. The comprehensive collection covers Plato's social and political thought, his metaphysics and epistemology, his ethical theory, and his attitude towards women. The essays, chosen for their clarity and ability to stimulate student discussion, are related to one another in ways that will help students see the connections among the various strands of Plato's thought. The book includes an index of passages to guide students through parts of the Republic that they find challenging.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 154 x 229 x 21mm | 413g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0847684938
  • 9780847684939
  • 1,382,110

Table of contents

Chapter 1 A Fallacy in Plato's Republic Chapter 2 Inside and Outside the Republic Chapter 3 The Psychology of Justice in Plato Chapter 4 Was Plato a Feminist? Chapter 5 A Metaphysical Paradox Chapter 6 The Analogy of City and Soul in Plato's Republic Chapter 7 Excerpt from The Sovereignty of Good Chapter 8 The Philosopher and the Female in the Political Thought of Plato Chapter 9 Plato and the Poets Chapter 10 Understanding and the Good: Sun, Line, and Cave Chapter 11 Plato's Totalitarianism Chapter 12 Plato's Defense of Justice Chapter 13 The Naked Old Women in the Palaestra
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This is an interesting and valuable collection, which will be extremely useful in many courses dealing with Plato and the issues that he treats. -- Nicholas White, University of Utah The spread of topics is wide, reasonably balanced. . . . The book will serve well as a set of secondary readings to accompany an advanced course on the Republic. . . . This is a useful collection which will certainly find its way onto many bibliographies. -- Stephen Halliwell * The Classical Review, Vol. Xlix No.1, 1999 * This is an interesting and well-balanced collection. . . . There is a fine balance between earlier, well established pieces, and recent material. I am delighted that such a volume is now available. -- Julius M. Moravcsik, Stanford University
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About Richard Kraut

Richard Kraut is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Plato and the author of Aristotle on the Human Good and Socrates and the State. He is professor of philosophy at Northwestern University.
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