Platos Utopia Recast: His Later Ethics and Politics

Paperback | September 10, 2004

byChristopher Bobonich

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Plato's Utopia Recast is an illuminating reappraisal of Plato's later works, which reveals radical changes in his ethical and political theory. Christopher Bobonich argues that in these works Plato both rethinks and revises important positions which he held in his better-known earlier works such as the Republic and the Phaedo. Bobonich analyses Plato's shift from a deeply pessimistic view of non-philosophers in the Republic, where he heldthat only philosophers were capable of virtue and happiness, to his far more optimistic position in the Laws, where he holds that the constitution and laws of his ideal city of Magnesia would allow all citizens to achieve a truly good life. Bobonich sheds light on how this and other highlysignificant changes in Plato's views are grounded in changes in his psychology and epistemology.This book will change our understanding of Plato. His controversial moral and political theory, so influential in Western thought, will henceforth be seen in a new light.

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Plato's Utopia Recast is an illuminating reappraisal of Plato's later works, which reveals radical changes in his ethical and political theory. Christopher Bobonich argues that in these works Plato both rethinks and revises important positions which he held in his better-known earlier works such as the Republic and the Phaedo. Bobonich...

Christopher Bobonich is in the Department of Philosophy, Stanford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:652 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.39 inPublished:September 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Philosophers and non-philosophers in the Phaedo and Republic2. Virtue , good, and happiness in the Laws3. Parts of the soul and the psychology of virtue4. Parts of the soul and non-rational motivations5. The Citizens of MagnesiaReferences, Index

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`... an extraordinarily ambitious study of Plato's growth as an ethical and political philosopher from the Phaedo to the Laws. Its principal theme is that Plato came to regard the moral psychology and theory of cognition in the IRepublic as a failure in its own terms; that he thereforeradically revised his views in the later dialogues; and that these changes reach their culmination in the Laws. This is a work of great scope and boldness, and is bound to be controversial. Whether readers agree with Bobonich or not, they will inevitably learn a great deal by having to come to termswith his admirably detailed and systematic account of Plato's development.'Richard Kraut, Northwestern University