The Development of Plato's Political Theory / Edition 2

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Like the first edition, this edition of
The Development of Plato's Political Theory provides a clear, scholarly account of Plato's political theory in the context of the social and political events of his time. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to take into account scholarly developments during the last twenty years.

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"This is a valuable book. I would recommend it to undergraduates in classics, philosophy and politics as a reliable introduction to Plato's political theory."—Antony Hatzistavrou, The Classical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199279951
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

George Klosko is Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia. His interests include the history of political theory, especially Plato, and contemporary political theory, including Rawlsian political liberalism, and political obligation. He is currently engaged in empirical studies of attitudes towards political obligations based on small focus groups.

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Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Note on Sources and Substantiation     xv
Texts and Translations     xvii
List of Abbreviations     xviii
Plato and Greek Politics     1
Nature and Convention     2
Political Developments     5
Plato and Greek Politics     11
Plato's Corpus     14
The Political Theory of Plato's Socrates
Socrates' Mission     33
Socrates' Defence     34
The Socratic Ideal     38
The Socratic Method     43
Socratic Politics     46
The Socratic Paradoxes     47
Socratic Politics     53
The Limits of Persuasion     56
The Moral Psychology of the Middle Dialogues
The Tripartite Soul     69
The Tripartite Soul     71
Direct and Normative Rule     77
The Virtues of Correct Opinion     82
The Ascent to the Philosopher     87
The Theory of Forms     87
Sun, Divided Line, and Cave     92
The Doctrine of Eros     98
Moulding Souls     105
The Tyranny of Appetite     107
The Control of Appetite     109
Moulding Souls     111
The Benefits of Justice     116
Platonic Politics
Education and Moral Reform     123
Education in the Arts     124
Physical Training     133
The Ideal-State     138
Radical Reform     138
The Ideal State     142
Community of Property     145
Equality of Women and Community of the Family     148
A Racist State?     156
Plato and Individual Freedom     161
Philosophic Rule     170
Philosophic Wisdom     170
Philosophic Rule     176
Implementing the Ideal State     183
Plato's Later Political Theory
Plato's Later Political Theory     195
Plato and Syracuse     196
The Statesman     200
The Ideal Ruler     203
Actual States     210
The 'Second-Best' State     217
Moral Psychology in the Laws     219
Education in the Laws     221
Societal Arrangements     225
Government     231
Political Principles     238
The Mixed Constitution     238
Equality and Freedom in Magnesia     241
The Rule of Law      246
The Nocturnal Council     252
Implementing the 'Second-Best' State     259
Afterword     263
Bibliography     265
Further Reading     275
Glossary of Greek Words     279
Index     280
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