Plato's Republic: Critical Essays

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Richard Kraut
Rowman & Littlefield, 1997 - Philosophy - 248 pages
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Designed for courses in the history of philosophy, social and political theory, government, and Plato specifically, Plato's Republic: Critical Essays will enrich students' understanding of this profoundly influential work. The comprehensive collection covers Plato's social and political thought, his metaphysics and epistemology, his ethical theory, and his attitude towards women. The essays, chosen for their clarity and ability to stimulate student discussion, are related to one another in ways that will help students see the connections among the various strands of Plato's thought. The book includes an index of passages to guide students through parts of the Republic that they find challenging.
 

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Contents

A Fallacy in Platos Republic
1
The Psychology of Justice in Plato
17
Platos Totalitarianism
31
The Analogy of City and Soul in Platos Republic
49
Inside and Outside the Republic
61
The Philosopher and the Female in the Political Thought of Plato
95
Was Plato a Feminist?
115
The Naked Old Women in the Palaestra
129
The Sovereignty of Good excerpt
169
A Metaphysical Paradox
181
The Defense of Justice in Platos Republic
197
Plato and the Poets
223
Suggested Readings
235
Index of Passages
239
Authors
247
Copyright

Understanding and the Good Sun line and Cave
143

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Richard Kraut is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Plato and the author of Aristotle on the Human Good and Socrates and the State. He is professor of philosophy at Northwestern University.

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