Plato

ISBN-10: 0199249466
ISBN-13: 9780199249466
Edition: 2006
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Plato is the best known and most widely studied of all the ancient Greek philosophers. Malcolm Schofield, a leading scholar of ancient philosophy, offers a lucid and accessible guide to Plato's political thought, enormously influential and much discussed in the modern world as well as the ancient. Schofield discusses Plato's ideas on education, democracy and its shortcomings, the role of knowledge in government, utopia and the idea of community, money and its grip on the psyche, and ideological uses of religion.

Introduction
The Republic: Contexts and Projects
The Centrepiece
Some Dubious Platonic Autobiography
Socrates: Engagement and Detachment
The Projects of the Republic
Education, Sparta and the Politeia Tradition
Athens, Democracy and Freedom
Democratic Entanglements
Democracy and Rhetoric
The Laws on Democracy and Freedom
Conclusion
Problematizing Democracy
From Polarity to Complexity
Democracy, Equality and Freedom
Democracy and Pluralism
Democracy and Anarchy
Democracy and Knowledge
Conclusion
The Rule of Knowledge
Philosophy or Political Expertise?
Mill and Jowett on Plato
Architectonic Knowledge
Philosopher Rulers
Architectonic Knowledge Revisited
The Limitations of Management
Conclusion
Utopia
Against Utopia
A Question of Seriousness
A Future for Utopianism
Plato's Utopian Realism
The Idea of Community
Epilogue: The Question of Fantasy
Money and the Soul
The Ethics and Politics of Money
The Analogy of City and Soul
The Psychology of Money
Greed, Power and Injustice
Taming the Beast Within
Ideology
Ideology and Religion
The Noble Lie
Law and Religion
Conclusion
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index of Passages
General Index

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