Plato's Statesman

ISBN-10: 0872201384

ISBN-13: 9780872201385

Edition: Reprint 

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This new edition of Martin Ostwald's revised version of J B Skemp's 1952 translation of Statesman includes a new selected bibliography, as well as Ostwald's interpretive introduction, which traces the evolution in Plato's political philosophy from Republic to Statesman to Laws -- from philosopher-king to royal statesman.
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List price: $13.00
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

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.

Note on the Text
Editor's Introduction
Select Bibliography
Synopsis of the Dialogue
Introductory Conversation
The First Definition of the Statesman
The Myth
The Revised Definition
The Nature of Example
The Definition of Weaving
Excess and Deficiency
The Final Definition of the Statesman
Distinguished from Primary Producers
Distinguished from Slaves, Laborers, and Merchants
Distinguished from Clerks, Soothsayers, and Priests
Distinguished from Politicians
True Statesmanship an Art above All Laws
Digression on the Imitative Constitutions
Return to the Final Definition
Distinguished from Orators, Generals, and Judges
Weaving the Web of the Human Political Community
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