Roots of Political Philosophy Ten Forgotten Socratic Dialogues

ISBN-10: 0801494656

ISBN-13: 9780801494659

Edition: 1987

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Description: This book consists of literal English translations of ten Socratic dialogues that have been largely neglected for the last century. Although everyone of these dialogues belongs to the classical canon of Platonic writings and was accepted as genuine in antiquity, most were condemned as forgeries in the early nineteenth century-and have remained under a shadow ever since. In his long introductory essay, Thomas L. Pangle offers a spirited criticism of arguments that have been adduced to support the view that some of the dialogues are counterfeit and shows in scrupulous detail why he believes in their authenticity.Each dialogue is accompanied by an interpretive essay that demonstrates how a close reading of the dialogue sheds revealing light on the Platonic understanding of political theory, ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophic way of life as exemplified by Socrates. The essays include previously published pieces, some of classic stature, as well as studies written especially for this volume.Opening an entirely new dimension of Platonic studies, The Roots of Political Philosophy addresses, in a fresh or unfamiliar perspective, major themes and puzzles such as: the nature of law, of property, and of acquisitiveness; the meaning of Socrates' famous "demonic voice"; what is at stake in the poetic claim to inspiration; and the psychology of the tyrannic as opposed to the statesmanlike or political personality.Political scientists, philosophers, classicists, and students who are familiar with the textual approach associated with Leo Strauss will welcome this book, as will other readers with an interest in ancient Greek philosophy and political thought.Contributors and translators: Allan Bloom, Christopher Bruell, Steven Forde, James Leake, Carnes Lord, James H. Nichols, Clifford Orwin, Thomas L. Pangle, Leo Strauss, and David Sweet.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 10/19/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Thomas L. Pangle is the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or editor of numerous books.

Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's step-father. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

Contributors
Editor's Introduction
Bibliography
Hipparchus; Or, the Lover of Gain
The Political Philosopher in Democratic Society: the Socratic View
Minos; Or, on Law
On the Minos
Lovers [or, on Philosophy]
On the Original Meaning of Political Philosophy: an Interpretation of Plato's Lovers
Cleitophon [or, Exhortation]
On the Cleitophon
Theages [or, on Wisdom]
On the Theages
Alcibiades I [or, on the Nature of Man]
On the Alcibiades I
Laches [or, on Courage]
Introduction To the Laches
Lesser Hippias [or, on the Lie]
Introduction To the Lesser Hippias
Greater Hippias [or, on the Beautiful]
Introduction To the Greater Hippias
Ion [or, on the Iliad]
An Interpretation of Plato's Ion
Glossary
Index of Names
Index of Discussions of Other Platonic Dialogues
Index of Subjects
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