Plato

Plato

Plato

Plato

Synopsis

First published in 1981 this unique study discusses the evolution of Plato's thought through the actual developments in Athenian democracy, the book also demonstrates Plato's continuing responses to changes in political theory and argues for a new understanding of Plato's goals for the state and his ultimate concern for the moral well-being of the citizens.

Excerpt

This study does not deal with the political thought of the historical Socrates as found in the Apology and Crito. References to Socrates are usually to the Platonic Socrates who as Plato's spokesman may reflect views that agree with those of the historical Socrates.

I am grateful to Professor Geraint Parry of the University of Manchester for his careful reading of my manuscript and for his helpful comments. Leslie Weiger and Carolyn Besaw provided expert secretarial assistance in deciphering a recalcitrant text, for which I am deeply indebted. the editors of the Journal of the History of Philosophy have kindly granted permission for me to use portions of my article 'Plato's political analogy: fallacy or analogy' (vol. xii, no. 4, 1974). Finally, I wish to thank the Institutional Grants Committee of the University of Vermont for its support of research resulting in this book.

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