A Guide to Platos Republic

Paperback | August 1, 1997

byDaryl H. Rice

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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 nobackground 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. While many books on the Republic never stray far from explicating Plato's text, this work contrasts Plato's responses to perennial issues in philosophy and political theory with those of several key subsequent thinkers. It uses engaging examples to show the continuing relevance of Plato'sarguments and introduces some basic vocabulary of philosophy and political theory, going beyond terse dictionary definitions by illustrating what technical terms mean in the context of Plato's work. The author's interpretative posture is appreciative but respectfully critical of Plato's vision. Stressing the relationship between Plato's politics and metaphysics, Rice argues that Plato's reluctance to accept the reality and consequences of finitude accounts for much of what many readers findobjectionable in his politics. Lively, relatively brief, and designed to provoke discussion in the classroom, A Guide to Plato's Republic is ideal for political theory and introduction to philosophy courses as well as other courses that assign the Republic as a primary text.

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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 nobackground in philosophy or political theory. Rice an...

Daryl Rice is Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he teaches political theory and the history of ideas. He has published numerous articles on philosophers ranging from Plato to Rousseau, Whitehead, and Sartre.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 5.51 × 8.11 × 0.59 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

PrefaceGuide to Pronunciation1. Philosophy and Ordinary Life (Reading in the Republic: Book I)Plato's Dialogical StyleThe Sociology of Knowledge and Questioning AuthorityAppearance and Reality and Questioning Common SenseNormative Philosophy Versus Empirical EnquiryAbsolute Philosophy Versus Relative ConventionThe Normative/Empirical Distinction in a Moralized CosmosPlato's Diaglogical Style ReconsideredSome Initial ReservationsSuggestions for Further Reading2. Politics and the Ideal City (Reading in the Republic: Books II-V)Plato Versus Hobbes on Justice and HappinessThe Construction and Rationale of the Ideal CityArt and CensorshipThe Living Conditions of the GuardiansUseful FalsehoodsForce in the City and SoulPlato Versus Hobbes on Substantive and Instrumental ReasonSuggestions for Further Reading3. Plato's Metaphysics (Reading in the Republic: Books VI-VII)Metaphysics, Ontology, and EpistemologyThe Divided Line as an Overview of Plato's MetaphysicsExplaining Plato's Metaphysics on its Own TermsThe Doctrine of the Forms--Realism Versus NominalismDialectic and the Form of GodProblems in Plato's Metaphysics Interpreted on its Own TermsInterpreting Plato's Metaphysics from Other Points of View--Acknowledging FinitudeSuggestions for Further Reading4. Plato's Metaphysics and Imperfect Justice (Reading in the Republic : Books VIII-X)The Types of Imperfect JusticeRanking the TypesProofs that Most Just Person is HappiestCritique of the ProofsThe Genesis of ImperfectionAccounts of Imperfection in Subsequent Philosophy and Political TheoryArt Versus Philosophy Revisited and the Myth of ErSuggestions for Furhter Reading5. Politics in the Face of Finitude (Reading in the Republic: Review of Book VIII)Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, and Tyranny RejectedDemocracy by DefaultAnother View--Interpreting Plato as a Proponent of DemocracyAppropriating Plato's Criticism of DemocracyDemocracy and PhilosophySuggestions for Further ReadingSelecting BibliographyIndex

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"This will surely be a helpful guide to a generation of beginning students in philosophy."--Robert L. Perkins, Stetson University