Plato the Teacher: The Crisis of the Republic

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Lexington Books, Feb 16, 2012 - Philosophy - 512 pages
In this unique and important book, William Altman shines a light on the pedagogical technique of the playful Plato, especially his ability to create living discourses that directly address the student. Reviving an ancient concern with reconstructing the order in which Plato intended his dialogues to be taught as opposed to determining the order in which he wrote them, Altman breaks with traditional methods by reading Plato’s dialogues as a multiplex but coherent curriculum in which the Allegory of the Cave occupies the central place. His reading of Plato's Republic challenges the true philosopher to choose the life of justice exemplified by Socrates and Cicero by going back down into the Cave of political life for the sake of the greater Good.
 

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Contents

An Introduction to Platos Republic Inside and Outside the Text
1
1 The First Words of Platos Πολιτεία
37
2 Challenges
77
3 The Shorter Way
111
4 The Longer Way
171
5 The Firesticks
245
6 Democracy and Education
291
7 Choices
359
Bibliography
401
Index
425
Index verborum
471
Index locorum
475
About the Author
489
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About the author (2012)

William H. F. Altman teaches Latin and World History at E. C. Glass, a public high school in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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