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The Collected Dialogues of Plato, Including the Letters by
Call Number: 184 Hamilton
Publication Date: 2005-09-15
All the writings of Plato generally considered to be authentic are here presented. The editors set out to choose the contents of this collected edition from the work of the best British and American translators of the last 100 years, ranging from Jowett (1871) to scholars of the present day. The volume contains prefatory notes to each dialogue by Edith Hamilton; an introductory essay on Plato's philosophy and writings by Huntington Cairns; and a comprehensive index which seeks, by means of cross references, to assist the reader with the philosophical vocabulary of the different translators.
Plato: Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium, Republic by
Call Number: 885 P718pa
Publication Date: 1942
Here are five of Plato's remarkable and revelatory dialogues, each translated by distinguished classical scholar Benjamin Jowett. "Apology" defends the integrity of Socrates' teachings. "Crito" discusses respect for the law. "Phaedo" considers death and the immortality of the soul. "Symposium" reflects on the ultimate manifestation of the love that controls the world, and "Republic" ponders society and the philosopher's role within it. Stimulating, dramatic, and always relevant, these dialogues have profoundly influenced the history of intellectual thought, and offer crucial insight into mystical, aesthetic, and other aspects of Platonic doctrine.
The Portable Plato: Protagoras, Symposium, Phaedo, and the Republic by
Call Number: 184.1 Plato
Publication Date: 1948
In this splendid collection, Scott Buchanan brings together the most important of Plato's dialogues, including Protagoras, The Symposium, with its barbed conjectures about the relation between love and madness, Phaedo and The Republic, his monumental work of political philosophy. Buchanan's learned and engaging introduction allows us to see Plato both as a commentator on his society and as a shaper of the societies that followed, who bequeathed to us a hunger for the ideal as well as a redeeming habit of humane skepticism.
Call Number: 321.07 Sachs
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
Focus Philosophical Library's edition of Plato's Republic is an English translation of one of the most intellectually important works in Western philosophy and political theory. It includes an extensive introduction, an extensive afterword "Imitation" by John White, a chapter-by-chapter outline of principal speakers and summary of the content, Stephanus numbers, boldface type to indicate the entrance of a new speaker into the discussion, footnotes, and glossary of key terms with cross-references for the text.
The Republic of Plato by
Call Number: 888.4 PLA c.1
Publication Date: 1964
Essentially an inquiry into morality, the Republic is the central work of the Western world's most famous philosopher. Containing crucial arguments and insights into many other areas of philosophy, it is also a literary masterpiece: the philosophy is presented for the most part for ordinary readers, who are carried along by the wit and intensity of the dialogue and by Plato's unforgettable images of the human condition.
Call Number: 880.8 Plato v.1-2
Publication Date: 2013-02-04
Republic, a masterpiece of philosophical and political thought, concerns righteousness both in individuals and in communities, and proposes an ideal state organized and governed on philosophical principles. This edition, which replaces the original Loeb edition by Paul Shorey, offers text, translation, and annotation that are fully current with modern scholarship.
The Blackwell Guide to Plato's Republic by
Call Number: 321.07 Santas
Publication Date: 2006-01-23
The Blackwell Guide to Plato’s Republic consists of thirteen new essays written by both established scholars and younger researchers with the specific aim of helping readers to understand Plato’s masterwork.
The Cambridge Companion to Plato by
Call Number: 184.1 Cambridge/Plato
Publication Date: 1992
This volume contains fourteen new essays discussing Plato's views about knowledge, reality, mathematics, politics, ethics, love, poetry, and religion. There are also analyses of the intellectual and social background of his thought, the development of his philosophy throughout his career, the range of alternative approaches to his work, and the stylometry of his writing.
The Cambridge Companion to Plato's Republic by
Call Number: 321.07 Ferrari
Publication Date: 2007-06-18
This Companion provides a comprehensive account of this outstanding work, which remains among the most frequently read works of Greek philosophy, indeed of Classical antiquity in general. The sixteen essays, by authors who represent various academic disciplines, bring a spectrum of interpretive approaches to bear in order to aid the understanding of a wide-ranging audience, from first-time readers of the Republic who require guidance, to more experienced readers who wish to explore contemporary currents in the work's interpretation. The three initial chapters address aspects of the work as a whole. They are followed by essays that match closely the sequence in which topics are presented in the ten books of the Republic. Since the Republic returns frequently to the same topics by different routes, so do the authors of this volume, who provide the readers with divergent yet complementary perspectives by which to appreciate the Republic's principal concerns.
The City and Man by
Call Number: 320.04 S912c
Publication Date: 1964
The City and Man consists of provocative essays by the late Leo Strauss on Aristotle's Politics, Plato's Republic, and Thucydides' Peloponnesian Wars. Together, the essays constitute a brilliant attempt to use classical political philosophy as a means of liberating modern political philosophy from the stranglehold of ideology. The essays are based on a long and intimate familiarity with the works, but the essay on Aristotle is especially important as one of Strauss's few writings on the philosopher who largely shaped Strauss's conception of antiquity. The essay on Plato is a full-scale discussion of Platonic political philosophy, wide in scope yet compact in execution. When discussing Thucydides, Strauss succeeds not only in presenting the historian as a moral thinker of high rank, but in drawing his thought into the orbit of philosophy, and thus indicating a relation of history and philosophy that does not presuppose the absorption of philosophy by history.
A Companion to Plato's Republic by
Call Number: 321.07 White
Publication Date: 1979-05-01
A step by step, passage by passage analysis of the complete Republic. White shows how the argument of the book is articulated, the important interconnections among its elements, and the coherent and carefully developed train of though which motivates its complex philosophical reasoning. In his extensive introduction, White describes Plato's aims, introduces the argument, and discusses the major philosophical and ethical theories embodied in the Republic. He then summarizes each of its ten books and provides substantial explanatory and interpretive notes.
A Guide to Plato's Republic by
Call Number: 321.07 Rice
Publication Date: 1997-09-11
A Guide to Plato's Republic provides an integral interpretation of the Republic which is accessible even to readers approaching Plato's masterwork for the first time. Written at a level understandable to undergraduates, it is ideal for students and other readers who have little or no background in philosophy or political theory. Rice anticipates their inevitable reactions to the Republic and treats them seriously, opening the way to an appreciation of the complexities of the text without oversimplifying it.
Interpretations of Plato: A Swarthmore Symposium by
Call Number: 184.1 Interpretations
Publication Date: 1977-12-01
This collection of essays, diverse in character, records a symposium held at Swarthmore in November 1974 to celebrate Plato's alleged 2,400th birthday. The papers are "The Theory of Social Justice in the Polis in Plato's Republic" by Gregory Vlastos, "Plato on Law and Nature" by Martin Oswald, "Dialectic, Myth and History in the Philosophy of Plato" by John F. Callahan, and "Plato and Science" by Friedrich Solmsen. This collection also includes two indices, locorum and general.
An Introduction to Plato's Republic by
Call Number: 321.07 Annas
Publication Date: 1981-06-18
This interpretive introduction provides unique insight into Plato's Republic. Stressing Plato's desire to stimulate philosophical thinking in his readers, Julia Annas here demonstrates the coherence of his main moral argument on the nature of justice, and expounds related concepts of education, human motivation, knowledge and understanding. In a clear systematic fashion, this book shows that modern moral philosophy still has much to learn from Plato's attempt to move the focus from questions of what acts the just person ought to perform to the more profound questions of what sort of person the just person ought to be.
Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics from Plato to Wittgenstein by
Call Number: 701 Tillman
Publication Date: 1969
This book brings together in a single volume historically important theories of art and recent and contemporary discussions of aesthetic problems. It is designed to serve both as a text for courses in aesthetics or philosophy of art and as an introduction to these subjects for all who are interested in the arts.
Call Number: 321.07 Hall
Publication Date: 1981-01-01
First published in 1981, this unique study discusses the evolution of Plato's thought through the actual developments in Athenian democracy, the book also demonstrates Plato's continuing responses to changes in political theory and argues for a new understanding of Plato's goals for the state and his ultimate concern for the moral well-being of the citizens.
Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Plato and the Republic by
Call Number: 321.07 Pappas
Publication Date: 2003-08-04
Plato and the Republic, 2nd edition assesses and introduces Plato's life and the background to the Republic, the text and the ideas of the Republic, and Plato's continuing importance to Western thought.
What Plato Said by
Call Number: 184.1 Shorey
Publication Date: 1934
The text of this book is a resume of the entire body of the Platonic writings. The endeavor has been to omit no significant ideas and to give with every idea enough of the dramatic setting and the over-and undertones of feeling to forestall the misunderstandings to which abstract analyses and propagandist quotations of Plato are especially liable.
The Wisdom of Plato: An Attempt at an Outline by
Call Number: 184.1 Jordan v.1-2
Publication Date: 1981-01-01
Jordan organizes Plato's work to show that even though Plato did not set out to create a coherent philosophy, he certainly did so as he worked out his ideas over time.
Women and the Ideal Society: Plato’s Republic and Modern Myths of Gender by
Call Number: 305.42 Bluestone
Publication Date: 1987-12-01
In confronting both male and female biases, Bluestone addresses some of the most debated issues of our time. She questions whether women have special qualities that make them naturally better or worse equipped for leadership than men, arguing convincingly against sociobiological views of gender differences. In defending the predominance of reason as the arbiter of excellence and the key to justice, she offers a spirited critique of current feminist theory. Her writing is personal, sometimes humorous, and yet rigorously analytic, as she reveals the difficulties inherent in philosophical discussions involving gender, the prevalence in the academy of discrimination against women, and the continuing importance of the issues Plato raised in the Republic.
Worldview Guide for Plato's Republic by
Call Number: 321.07 Littlejohn
Publication Date: 2019-11-01
You'd never know Athens was locked in a life-or-death struggle from the tranquil and leisurely philosophical discussion that unfolds through the pages of the Republic. Plato's masterpiece continues to inform our questions and our thinking when it comes to being, truth, beauty, goodness, justice, community, the soul, and more.
Republic: Online Resources
Constitutions, Virtue & Philosophy in Plato's Statesman and Republic
This article deals with the puzzling issue of Plato's differing classifications of constitutions in the Republic and the Statesman and of his view of the best city. The author rejects the familiar interpretations, which see these differences as minor variations or as the result of changes in Plato's political philosophy in the course of time. It is his position that the differences in the classification of regimes are attributable to differences in their respective advocates, Socrates and the Eleatic stranger, concerning the relationship between philosophy and politics. His comparisons of the psychological theories and political criteria held by the principal characters of the two dialogues reaffirms Plato's support of the position attributed to Socrates.
On Plato’s Political Philosophy
The article consists chiefly in an examination of the Republic, but that examination attempts to determine the place of the Republic in relation to Plato's other works (especially the Laws and the Statesman) as well as their place in relation to it. This comparative effort permits a more precise specification than would otherwise be possible of the most important questions which are raised in those works and of the intention of the author in treating those questions as he does.
The Order of the City
“The Order of the City” is the first chapter of "The Philosopher and His Poor," edited by Andrew Parker (2004), an extended reading of the figure of the laborer in Plato, Marx, Sartre, and Pierre Bourdieu.
Philosopher-kings: A Communitarian Political Project
This essay begins by presenting the argumentative structure of the fifth book of Plato's Republic and defends that its central argument is that the unity of the city depends on the public life of the rulers, which implies the prohibition of family and private property. Next, it tries to show that the philosopher-kings are a means, one among others, to produce this very specify notion of political unity. Finally, it briefly points out that this reading is compatible with the Platonic political proposals found in the Timaeus, the Laws, Aristotle's Politics and in the Seventh Letter.
Plato's Doctrine of Freedom
The idea of freedom plays a key role in Plato's moral and political thought. In the Republic, justice is shown to be beneficial because the just man alone is truly free. There are parallels here with modern discussions of freedom. The Laws argues that to be free a city must avoid the extremes of liberty and of authoritarianism. The legislator should rely on persuasion, not force, so that people willingly obey his laws. The underlying idea is that we are free if we willingly follow the demands of reason rather than being coerced by external forces or by unruly desires.
Plato and the Rule of Law
"What precisely did Plato mean by the rule of law? And what agencies would he set up for making it effective? These are the questions I wish to examine with you this evening."
Politeia kai Nomoi: On the Coherence of Plato’s Political Philosophy
Plato's Republic and Laws are conventionally understood to offer rival and incompatible views of the best political regime, with the former championing the a-legal rule of philosophy and the latter the rule of law. Against this view, this article shows first that law is in no sense absent from the Republic, and second that the rule of law advocated in the Laws is established on the same principles used to establish the rule of philosophers in the Republic. Thus the two dialogues do not oppose each other, but constitute two stages in a larger inquiry into the nature of politics looking neither to the rule of philosophy nor to the rule of law simply, but to the good itself as the rule and measure of both.
The Republic's Ambiguous Democracy
"Does the Republic mean that democracy is worse than timarchy or oligarchy or not? Our view is that pursuing this question leads to a dead end because it is not clear how bad democracy is supposed to be in the Republic."
Thrasymachus' Definition of Justice in Plato's Republic
"[This article]... maintain[s] that 'Justice the interest of the stronger' is meant not as a definition but as an important generalization, based on the underlying conventionalist definition combined with supposed facts of psychology and politics. I shall go through the argument between Socrates and Themistocles in the nine pages referred to, in the order of the text, and then consider its relation to later parts of the Republic."
Was Plato a Fascist?
"On various occasions, recently, statements have been made to the effect that Plato's political philosophy was of the fascist type. It is my intention briefly to examine and question the truth of such statements. What are the arguments? Plato did not believe in majority rule: he did believe in class distinctions and in the aristocratic form of government. Indeed, explicitly he rejected democracy."