Plato's 'Republic': An Introduction - cover image

Copyright

Sean McAleer

Published On

2020-11-06

ISBN

Paperback978-1-80064-053-5
Hardback978-1-80064-054-2
PDF978-1-80064-055-9
HTML978-1-80064-633-9
XML978-1-80064-058-0
EPUB978-1-80064-056-6
MOBI978-1-80064-057-3

Language

  • English

Print Length

348 pages (xxviii+320)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 24 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.95" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 27 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.06" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1458g (51.43oz)
Hardback1851g (65.29oz)

Media

Illustrations21

OCLC Number

1224954874

LCCN

2019394571

BIC

  • DB
  • HPCA
  • H
  • HP

BISAC

  • PHI000000
  • PHI000000
  • PHI002000

LCC

  • B395

Keywords

  • Plato
  • philosophy
  • classical philosophy
  • ancient philosophy
  • political theory
  • justice
  • history
  • society
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Plato's 'Republic'

An Introduction

  • Sean McAleer (author)

This book is a lucid and accessible companion to Plato’s Republic, throwing light upon the text’s arguments and main themes, placing them in the wider context of the text’s structure. In its illumination of the philosophical ideas underpinning the work, it provides readers with an understanding and appreciation of the complexity and literary artistry of Plato’s Republic. McAleer not only unpacks the key overarching questions of the text – What is justice? And Is a just life happier than an unjust life? – but also highlights some fascinating, overlooked passages which contribute to our understanding of Plato’s philosophical thought. Plato’s 'Republic': An Introduction offers a rigorous and thought-provoking analysis of the text, helping readers navigate one of the world’s most influential works of philosophy and political theory. With its approachable tone and clear presentation, it constitutes a welcome contribution to the field, and will be an indispensable resource for philosophy students and teachers, as well as general readers new to, or returning to, the text.

Endorsements

It is an excellent book – highly intelligent, interesting and original. Expressing high philosophy in a readable form without trivialising it is a very difficult task and McAleer manages the task admirably. Plato is, yet again, intensely topical in the chaotic and confused world in which we are now living.

Philip Allott

Professor Emeritus of International Public Law. Cambridge University

Additional Resources

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction

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1. Fathers and Sons: Book I

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2. Taming the Beast: Socrates versus Thrasymachus, Book I

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3. A Fresh Start: Book II

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4. Blueprints for a Platonic Utopia: Education and Culture, Books II and III

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5. Starting to Answer the First Question: The Political Virtues, Book IV

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6. The Republic’s First Question Answered at Last: Personal Justice, Book IV

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7. Questions about the Ideal Polis: The Three Waves, Book V

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8. Surfing the Third Wave: Plato’s Metaphysical Elevator, the Powers Argument, and the Infallibility of Knowledge, Book V

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9. The Philosopher’s Virtues: Book VI

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10. Metaphors to Think by: The Sun and Divided Line Analogies, Book VI

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11. The Allegory of the Cave: Book VII

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12. The Decline and Fall of the Ideal City-Soul: Books VIII–IX

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13. The Republic’s Second Question Answered: Three and a Half Arguments that the Just Life is Happier, Book IX

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14. Are We There Yet?: Tying up Loose Ends in Book X

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Afterword

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List of Illustrations
Bibliography
Index

Contributors

Sean McAleer

(author)
Professor of Philosophy at University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire