Why Plato Wrote

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 15, 2010 - Philosophy - 248 pages
Why Plato Wrote argues that Plato was not only the world’s first systematic political philosopher, but also the western world’s first think-tank activist and message man.
  • Shows that Plato wrote to change Athenian society and thereby transform Athenian politics
  • Offers accessible discussions of Plato’s philosophy of language and political theory
  • Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2011
 

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Contents

Who Was Plato?
11
The Importance of Symbols in Human Life
24
The Philosopher as ModelMaker
38
The Philosopher as ShadowMaker
55
What Plato Wrote
70
The Case for Influence
89
Culture War Emergent
108
Culture War Concluded
122
And to My Colleagues
143
Miso Compounds in Greek Literature
158
References
206
Index
219
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Danielle S. Allen is UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000) and Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004).

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