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Plato's Republic [electronic resource] : a study / Stanley Rosen.

Author/Creator:
Rosen, Stanley, 1929-
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (432 p.)
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Subjects:
Plato. Republic.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
In this book a distinguished philosopher offers a comprehensive interpretation of Plato's most controversial dialogue. Treating the Republic as a unity and focusing on the dramatic form as the presentation of the argument, Stanley Rosen challenges earlier analyses of the Republic (including the ironic reading of Leo Strauss and his disciples) and argues that the key to understanding the dialogue is to grasp the author's intention in composing it, in particular whether Plato believed that the city constructed in the Republic is possible and desirable.Rosen demonstrates that the fundamental principles underlying the just city are theoretically attractive but that the attempt to enact them in practice leads to conceptual incoherence and political disaster. The Republic, says Rosen, is a vivid illustration of the irreconcilability of philosophy and political practice.
Contents:
Cephalus and Polemarchus
Thrasymachus
Glaucon and Adeimantus
Paideia I: the luxurious city
Paideia II: the purged city
Justice
The female drama
Possibility
The philosophical nature
The good, the divided line, and the cave: the education of the philosopher
Political decay
Happiness and pleasure
The quarrel between philosophy and poetry
The immortal soul.
Notes:
Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references (p. 397-403) and index.
ISBN:
1-281-73031-9
9786611730314
0-300-12950-5
OCLC:
815684487
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300129502 doi