Why Plato Wrote / Edition 1

Why Plato Wrote / Edition 1

by Danielle S. Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1444334484

ISBN-13: 9781444334487

Pub. Date: 11/23/2010

Publisher: Wiley

Why Plato Wrote argues that Plato was not only the world’s first systematic political philosopher, but also the western world’s first think-tank activist and message man.

  • Shows that Plato wrote to change Athenian society and thereby transform Athenian politics
  • Offers accessible discussions of Plato’s philosophy of language

Overview

Why Plato Wrote argues that Plato was not only the world’s first systematic political philosopher, but also the western world’s first think-tank activist and message man.

  • Shows that Plato wrote to change Athenian society and thereby transform Athenian politics
  • Offers accessible discussions of Plato’s philosophy of language and political theory
  • Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2011

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444334487
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Series:
Blackwell-Bristol Lectures on Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition Series, #1
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Prologue: Why Think about Plato? 1

Part I: Why Plato Wrote 9

Chapter 1: Who Was Plato? 11

Chapter 2: The Importance of Symbols in Human Life 24

Chapter 3: The Philosopher as Model-Maker 38

Chapter 4: The Philosopher as Shadow-Maker 55

Chapter 5: What Plato Wrote 70

Chapter 6: How Plato Lived 79

Part II: What Plato Did 87

Chapter 7: The Case for Influence 89

Chapter 8: Culture War Emergent 108

Chapter 9: Culture War Concluded 122

Epilogue: And to My Colleagues 143

Appendix 1: The Relationship between Paradigms and Forms 148

Appendix 2: A Second Tri-partite Division of the Soul? 154

Appendix 3: Miso- Compounds in Greek Literature 158

Notes 161

References 206

Further Reading 215

Index 219

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