Academic journal article Geopolitics, History and International Relations

Plato's Political Philosophy

Academic journal article Geopolitics, History and International Relations

Plato's Political Philosophy

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Plato's Political Philosophy Mark Blitz (Claremont McKenna College) Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, MD, 2010, 326 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8018-9764-1

Blitz stresses that the worth of philosophy is Plato's guiding theme (philosophy is the most just way of life). Plato directs outstanding virtue to political founding, or philosophy. Plato's basing politics on virtue points to lives that go beyond ordinary statesmanship. Plato demonstrates how much of political life can and should be liberalized in a naturally reasonable direction, places artists' talents within the self-mastery and legal guidance of political virtue, and extends the notion that minding one's own and participating in the common good can be one, intending to show the limit to political practice and to determine its nature. Blitz claims that Plato's most abstract thought is rooted in ordinary political and moral questions. Plato's political legacy is liberal education and the sanctifying, through law, of the rule of reason. Plato's rational articulation of things initiates the reasonable understanding of political affairs. Human souls and political regimes are characterized by what visibly rules them. The philosophical and political lives are united in their wish to grasp what is good. The political virtues of soul and city remain the heart of practical excellence. Plato's presentation of the connection between law and piety stem from this link's being central to everyday experience. The inherent limits to legal piety remind us of the natural ground of philosophy and our own liberalism. Plato legally restricts each foreigner to one art and limits citizens to cultivating virtue and citizenship. …

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