Plato: Gorgias, Menexenus, Protagoras

Author: Malcolm Schofield

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521546003

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

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Presented in the popular Cambridge Texts format are three early Platonic dialogues in a new English translation by Tom Griffith that combines elegance, accuracy, freshness and fluency. Together they offer strikingly varied examples of Plato's critical encounter with the culture and politics of fifth and fourth century Athens. Nowhere does he engage more sharply and vigorously with the presuppositions of democracy. The Gorgias is a long and impassioned confrontation between Socrates and a succession of increasingly heated interlocutors about political rhetoric as an instrument of political power. The short Menexenus contains a pastiche of celebratory public oratory, illustrating its self-delusions. In the Protagoras, another important contribution to moral and political philosophy in its own right, Socrates takes on leading intellectuals (the 'sophists') of the later fifth century BC and their pretensions to knowledge. The dialogues are introduced and annotated by Malcolm Schofield, a leading authority on ancient Greek political philosophy.
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Plato: Gorgias, Menexenus, Protagoras

Author: Malcolm Schofield

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521837293

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

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Presented in the popular Cambridge Texts format are three early Platonic dialogues in a new English translation by Tom Griffith that combines elegance, accuracy, freshness and fluency. Together they offer strikingly varied examples of Plato's critical encounter with the culture and politics of fifth and fourth century Athens. Nowhere does he engage more sharply and vigorously with the presuppositions of democracy. The Gorgias is a long and impassioned confrontation between Socrates and a succession of increasingly heated interlocutors about political rhetoric as an instrument of political power. The short Menexenus contains a pastiche of celebratory public oratory, illustrating its self-delusions. In the Protagoras, another important contribution to moral and political philosophy in its own right, Socrates takes on leading intellectuals (the 'sophists') of the later fifth century BC and their pretensions to knowledge. The dialogues are introduced and annotated by Malcolm Schofield, a leading authority on ancient Greek political philosophy.
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Plato: The Laws

Author: Plato

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521859654

Category: Philosophy

Page: 512

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A new translation of Plato's Laws into accessible English, with essential introductory and other explanatory material.
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Plato: Theaetetus and Sophist

Author: Christopher Rowe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107697026

Category: Philosophy

Page: 227

View: 9172

A new and lively translation of two Platonic dialogues widely read and discussed by philosophers, with introduction and notes.
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Plato: The Statesman

Author: Plato,Julia Annas,Robin Waterfield

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521442626

Category: History

Page: 89

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The Statesman is Plato's neglected political work, but it is crucial for an understanding of the development of his political thinking. In some respects it continues themes from the Republic, particularly the importance of knowledge as entitlement to rule. But there are also changes: Plato has dropped the ambitious metaphysical synthesis of the Republic, changed his view of the moral psychology of the citizen, and revised his position on the role of law and institutions. In its presentation of the statesman's expertise, the Statesman modifies, as well as defending in original ways, this central theme of the Republic. This new translation is based on the revised Oxford Text of Plato and makes accessible the dialogue to students of political thought in clear and contemporary language. The introduction sets the argument in the context of the development of Plato's thought, and outlines the philosophical and historical background necessary for a full understanding of the text, particularly for a political theory readership.
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The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Political Thought

Author: Christopher Rowe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521481366

Category: Philosophy

Page: 745

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This volume is the first general and comprehensive treatment of the political thought of ancient Greece and Rome ever to be published in English. It covers Plato and Aristotle at length, but also a host of other major and minor thinkers, from Thucydides and the Greek dramatists to Cicero and early Christian writers. It attempts both historical and philosophical assessment of the writers discussed and quotes them generously in translation. It will take its place as a standard work essential for scholars and students of classics, history, philosophy and theology.
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Plato: 'The Republic'

Author: Plato,G. R. F. Ferrari,Tom Griffith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521484435

Category: Philosophy

Page: 382

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Presents the most important of the Socratic dialogues as if it were a conversation; deals with the creation of an ideal commonwealth and ranks as one of the earliest Utopian works.
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Plato's 'Republic'

A Critical Guide

Author: Mark L. McPherran

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139494287

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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Plato's Republic has proven to be of astounding influence and importance. Justly celebrated as Plato's central text, it brings together all of his prior works, unifying them into a comprehensive vision that is at once theological, philosophical, political and moral. The essays in this volume provide a picture of the most interesting aspects of the Republic, and address questions that continue to puzzle and provoke, such as: Does Plato succeed in his argument that the life of justice is the most attractive one? Is his tripartite analysis of the soul coherent and plausible? Why does Plato seem to have to force his philosopher-guardians to rule when they know this is something that they ought to do? What is the point of the strange and complicated closing Myth of Er? This volume will be essential to those looking for thoughtful and detailed excursions into the problems posed by Plato's text and ideas.
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History of Political Thought

A Thematic Introduction

Author: John Morrow

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 134925939X

Category: Political science

Page: 417

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This text provides a broad-ranging thematic introduction to the Western tradition of political thought. Following a chronological introductory chapter illustrated with charts of key thinkers and works for each period, the core chapters focus on central issues in political theory: the ends of politics; the location of political power; the exercise of political authority and challenges to it. The thematic organization of the book combines detailed coverage of such "great names" as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx and Mill with assessments of the contributions of an exceptionally wide range of other theorists. The ideas of various thinkers are clearly related to one another and to the different contexts in which they were produced.
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Phaedrus

Author: Plato

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141925523

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 128

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Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. This new translation is accompanied by an introduction, further reading, and full notes on the text and translation that discuss the structure of the dialogue and elucidate issues that might puzzle the modern reader.
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Plato's 'Republic'

Author: Mark L. McPherran

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521491908

Category: History

Page: 273

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The essays in this volume provide a picture of the most interesting, puzzling, and provoking aspects of Plato's Republic.
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English Studies: The State of the Discipline, Past, Present, and Future

Author: N. Gildea,H. Goodwyn,M. Kitching,H. Tyson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137478055

Category: Education

Page: 130

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An accessible and wide-ranging consideration of concerns facing English Studies in its surrounding context of the university and society. The contributors to this volume seek to trace, in the face of current challenges, historical and contemporary debates surrounding English Studies.
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The Continuum Companion to Plato

Author: Gerald A. Press

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441161414

Category: Philosophy

Page: 376

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Plato, mathematician, philosopher and founder of the Academy in Athens, is, together with his teacher, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, universally considered to have laid the foundations of Western philosophy. His philosophical dialogues remain among the most widely read and influential of all philosophical texts and his enduring influence on virtually every area of philosophical enterprise cannot be exaggerated. This comprehensive and accessible guide to Plato's life and times includes more than 140 entries, written by a team of leading experts in the field of ancient philosophy, covering every aspect of Plato's thought. The Companion presents details of Plato's life, historical, philosophical and literary context, synopses of all the dialogues attributed to Plato, a comprehensive overview of the various features, themes and topics apparent in the dialogues, and a thorough account of his enduring influence and the various interpretative approaches applied to his thought throughout the history of philosophy. This is an essential reference tool for anyone working in the field of ancient philosophy.
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Early Greek Political Thought from Homer to the Sophists

Author: Michael Gagarin,Paul Woodruff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521437684

Category: History

Page: 324

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This edition of early Greek writings on social and political issues includes works by more than thirty authors, including the sophists, poets, tragedians, historians, medical writers and presocratic philosophers. Besides political theory, ancient political thought includes early sociology, anthropology, ethics and rhetoric, and the wide range of issues discussed includes the origin of human society, the origin of law, the nature of justice, the forms of good government, and the distribution of power among genders and social classes.
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Samuel Hartlib and the Advancement of Learning

Author: Samuel Hartlib,John Dury

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052107715X

Category: Education

Page: 220

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This book focuses on Samuel Hartlib and his vision of education towards the natural sciences.
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The Unity of Plato's 'Gorgias'

Rhetoric, Justice, and the Philosophic Life

Author: Devin Stauffer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521858472

Category: History

Page: 191

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Demonstrates the complex unity of Plato's Gorgias, showing how seemingly disparate themes are woven together.
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The Birth of Rhetoric

Gorgias, Plato and their Successors

Author: Robert Wardy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134757298

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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What is rhetoric? Is it the capacity to persuade? Or is it 'mere' rhetoric: the ability to get others to do what the speaker wants, regardless of what they want? This is the rhetoric of ideological manipulation and political seduction. Rhetoric is for some a distinctive mode of communication; for others, whenever someone speaks, rhetoric is present. This book is devoted to helping readers understand these rival accounts, by showing how it has happened that there are so many conceptions of rhetoric. Any such approach must be rooted in classical antiquity, since our ideas of rhetoric are the product of a complicated historical process starting in ancient Greece. Greek rhetoric was born in bitter controversy. The figure of Gorgias is at the centre of that debate and of this book: he invites us to confront the terrifying, exhilarating possibility that persuasion is just power.
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Plato's Counterfeit Sophists

Author: Håkan Tell

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674055919

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 177

View: 5708

This book explores the place of the sophists within the Greek wisdom tradition, and argues against their almost universal exclusion from serious intellectual traditions. By studying the sophists against the backdrop of the archaic Greek institutions of wisdom, it is possible to detect considerable intellectual overlap between them and their predecessors. This book explores the continuity of this tradition, suggesting that the sophistsâe(tm) intellectual balkanization in modern scholarship, particularly their low standing in comparison to the Presocratics, Platonists, and Aristotelians, is a direct result of Platoâe(tm)s condemnation of them and their practices. This book thus seeks to offer a revised history of the development of Greek philosophy, as well as of the potentialâe"yet never realizedâe"courses it might have followed.
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