• Political Science

Plato: Gorgias, Menexenus, Protagoras


Author: Malcolm Schofield
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521546003
Category: Political Science
Page: 264
View: 9781
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.

    • Philosophy

Plato: The Laws


Author: Plato
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521859654
Category: Philosophy
Page: 512
View: 7359
A new translation of Plato's Laws into accessible English, with essential introductory and other explanatory material.

    • Philosophy

Plato: Theaetetus and Sophist


Author: Christopher Rowe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107697026
Category: Philosophy
Page: 227
View: 1436
A new and lively translation of two Platonic dialogues widely read and discussed by philosophers, with introduction and notes.

    • Philosophy

The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Political Thought


Author: Christopher Rowe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521481366
Category: Philosophy
Page: 745
View: 9736
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.

    • History

Poetry and Its Public in Ancient Greece

From Homer to the Fifth Century
Author: Bruno Gentili,A. Thomas Cole
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801840197
Category: History
Page: 408
View: 5919

    • Philosophy

Plato: 'The Republic'


Author: Plato,G. R. F. Ferrari,Tom Griffith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521484435
Category: Philosophy
Page: 382
View: 4285
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.

    • Philosophy

Plato's 'Republic'

A Critical Guide
Author: Mark L. McPherran
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139494287
Category: Philosophy
Page: N.A
View: 7642
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.

Philebus of Plato


Author: Plato
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 5632

    • Political science

History of Political Thought

A Thematic Introduction
Author: John Morrow
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 134925939X
Category: Political science
Page: 417
View: 3909
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.

    • History

Plato's 'Republic'


Author: Mark L. McPherran
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521491908
Category: History
Page: 273
View: 2281
The essays in this volume provide a picture of the most interesting, puzzling, and provoking aspects of Plato's Republic.

    • Education

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
View: 1156
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.

    • Philosophy

The Continuum Companion to Plato


Author: Gerald A. Press
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441161414
Category: Philosophy
Page: 376
View: 6056
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.

    • Education

Samuel Hartlib and the Advancement of Learning


Author: Samuel Hartlib,John Dury
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052107715X
Category: Education
Page: 220
View: 2145
This book focuses on Samuel Hartlib and his vision of education towards the natural sciences.

    • History

Hobbes: Leviathan

Revised Student Edition
Author: Thomas Hobbes,Richard Tuck
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521567978
Category: History
Page: 519
View: 6303
Hobbes' Leviathan is arguably the greatest piece of political philosophy written in the English language. Since its first publication, Richard Tuck's edition of Leviathan has been recognized as the single most accurate and authoritative text, and for this revised edition Professor Tuck has provided a much-amplified and expanded introduction. Other vital study aids include an extensive guide to further reading, a note on textual matters, a chronology of important events and brief biographies of important persons mentioned in Hobbes' text.

    • History

Early Greek Political Thought from Homer to the Sophists


Author: Michael Gagarin,Paul Woodruff
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521437684
Category: History
Page: 324
View: 784
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.

    • Philosophy

Phaedrus


Author: Plato
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781499795943
Category: Philosophy
Page: 92
View: 2604
“Love is a serious mental disease.” ~ Plato, Phaedrus. One of the first and greatest literary works concerning love. Socrates and his friend Phaedrus discuss the different loves that exist between humans. The dialogue includes the famous simile in which the soul is compared to a charioteer (the rational element) driving a black steed (the irrational appetites) and a white steed (the spiritual element). Although ostensibly about the topic of love, the discussion in the dialogue revolves around the art of rhetoric and how it should be practiced, and dwells on subjects as diverse as metempsychosis (the Greek tradition of reincarnation) and erotic love. The dialogue consists of a series of three speeches on the topic of love. They encompass discussions of the soul, madness, divine inspiration, and the practice and mastery of art. 'Phaedrus' is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. This edition includes a newly revised text and a lengthy introduction by classical scholar Benjamin Jowett.

    • History

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
View: 2267
Demonstrates the complex unity of Plato's Gorgias, showing how seemingly disparate themes are woven together.

    • Philosophy

The Birth of Rhetoric

Gorgias, Plato and their Successors
Author: Robert Wardy
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134757298
Category: Philosophy
Page: 208
View: 2879
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.

    • Literary Criticism

Plato's Counterfeit Sophists


Author: Håkan Tell
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674055919
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 177
View: 8745
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.

    • Philosophy

Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing


Author: Christopher Rowe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139467794
Category: Philosophy
Page: N.A
View: 4709
Plato's dialogues are usually understood as simple examples of philosophy in action. In this book Professor Rowe treats them rather as literary-philosophical artefacts, shaped by Plato's desire to persuade his readers to exchange their view of life and the universe for a different view which, from their present perspective, they will barely begin to comprehend. What emerges is a radically new Plato: a Socratic throughout, who even in the late dialogues is still essentially the Plato (and the Socrates) of the Apology and the so-called 'Socratic' dialogues. This book aims to understand Plato both as a philosopher and as a writer, on the assumption that neither of these aspects of the dialogues can be understood without the other. The argument of the book is closely based in Plato's text, but should be accessible to any serious reader of Plato, whether professional philosopher, classicist, or student.