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Plato and the City: A New Introduction to Plato's Political Thought

Jean-Francois Pradeau

Abstract

This is a general introduction to Plato's political thought. It covers the main periods of Platonic thought, examining those dialogues that best show how Plato makes the city's unity the aim of politics and then makes the quest for that unity the aim of philosophy. From the psychological model (the city is like a great soul) to the physiological definition (the city is a living being), the reader can traverse the whole of Plato's oeuvre, and understand it as a political philosophy. The book is designed to be an undergraduate textbook but will also be of interest to scholars. It is an English t ... More

Keywords: Plato's political thought, Platonic thought, unity, political philosophy, dialogues, Plato, aim of politics, aim of philosophy, psychological model, physiological definition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780859896535
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859896535.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Francois Pradeau, author
University of Paris-X, Nanterre