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Plato's Cleitophon: On Socrates and the Modern Mind
     

Plato's Cleitophon: On Socrates and the Modern Mind

by Mark Kremer (Editor), Jan H. Blits (Contribution by), Clifford Orwin (Contribution by), David Roochnik (Contribution by)
 

It had been thought that theCleitophon was a spurious dialogue. Its brevity and the fact that Socrates does not respond to accusations from Cleitophon suggested to scholars that it was only a fragment. However, in the last fifteen years, the complete and authentic dialogue was rediscovered. Upon its discovery, scholars have almost universally agreed that the

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It had been thought that theCleitophon was a spurious dialogue. Its brevity and the fact that Socrates does not respond to accusations from Cleitophon suggested to scholars that it was only a fragment. However, in the last fifteen years, the complete and authentic dialogue was rediscovered. Upon its discovery, scholars have almost universally agreed that the Cleitophon is the introduction to Plato'sRepublic. In Plato's Cleitophon: On Socrates and the Modern Mind editor, translator, and author, Mark Kremer, has mined some of the best scholarship on the relationship of Plato's Cleitophon and its relationship to modern thought. It is the contention of the editor that the Cleitophon, is an ancient example of the psychic, social, cultural, and moral strain that is put upon the citizens of a republic when their society begins to erode on all fronts. This work has the potential to afford readers an ancient perspective on ourselves by showing us how we appear in Plato's mind. It should be read by anyone who has ever read Plato'sRepublic; as well as anyone who is concerned about the social, psychic, cultural, and moral effects of postmodernity and globalization.

Editorial Reviews

The Review Of Metaphysics
The book poses a united front against the orthodoxy of Platonic scholarship and invites deep reflection on the meaning of Socratic philosophy and the modern mind.
Review of Metaphysics
The book poses a united front against the orthodoxy of Platonic scholarship and invites deep reflection on the meaning of Socratic philosophy and the modern mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739108185
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
04/13/2004
Series:
Applications of Political Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.34(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Kremer is Assistant Professor of Social Science at Boston University.

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