This chapter provides the background to Plato's political philosophy, and states that the backbone of the Platonic political philosophy lies in speculative politics. It argues that politics need speculation, as its analysis depends on what it means to live in a communal life, otherwise politics will be reduced to a life of conflict and power struggles. Plato's political philosophy also focuses upon the existence of cities, as he believes that humanity needs to belong in the same community, a single city united by the rule of law and language.
Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.