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Plato and the CityA New Introduction to Plato's Political Thought$
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Jean-Francois Pradeau

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780859896535

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859896535.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Plato and the City

Jean-François Pradeau

Liverpool University Press

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.

Keywords:   political philosophy, Plato, community, rule of law, politics, cities, communal life

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