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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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‘I am No Politician’ (Socrates)

‘I am No Politician’ (Socrates)

(p.9) 1 ‘I am No Politician’ (Socrates)
Plato and the City

Jean-François Pradeau

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents the political philosophy of Socrates, and its impact on Plato's political thought. It notes that Socrates' political critique of Athens is aimed at its deficiency of virtue, a criticism echoed in Plato and Aristotle's works as the two believed in the unity of politics and ethics, and adds that in spite of his criticisms, Socrates did not suggest any alternative to remedy the deficient Athenian democracy.

Keywords:   political philosophy, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Athens, Athenian democracy, virtue, ethics, politics

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