The Development of Platos Political Theory

Paperback | December 7, 2006

byGeorge Klosko

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Since its publication twenty years ago, the first edition of this work has been the closest thing to a standard book on Plato's political theory. Like the first edition, this edition of The Development of Plato's Political Theory provides a clear, scholarly account of Plato's political theoryin the context of the social and political events of his time, and draws connections between the development of his political theory and other aspects of his philosophy, especially his moral psychology. Special attention is paid to the political nature of Plato's political theory, to how hislifelong concern with questions of moral and political reform evolved along with other aspects of his theory, and to both Socrates' and his own efforts to reform actual cities. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to take into account scholarly developments during the last twenty years.Major changes from the first edition include reworking central aspects of chapters on the Statesman and Laws and detailed discussion of questions of interpretation, how Plato's dialogues should be read. Among other subjects receiving increased attention are Plato's alleged totalitarianism andracism and the place of the nocturnal council in the political theory of the Laws.

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Since its publication twenty years ago, the first edition of this work has been the closest thing to a standard book on Plato's political theory. Like the first edition, this edition of The Development of Plato's Political Theory provides a clear, scholarly account of Plato's political theoryin the context of the social and political e...

George Klosko is Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia. His interests include the history of political theory, especially Plato, and contemporary political theory, including Rawlsian political liberalism, and political obligation. He is currently engaged in empirical studies of attitudes...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:December 7, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Plato and Greek Politics2. Plato's CorpusPART I THE POLITICAL THEORY OF PLATO'S SOCRATES3. Socrates' Mission4. Socratic PoliticsPART II THE MORAL PSYCHOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE DIALOGUES5. The Tripartite Soul6. The Ascent to the Philosopher7. Molding SoulsPART III PLATONIC POLITICS8. Education and Moral Reform9. The Ideal State10. Philosophic RulePART IV PLATO'S LATER POLITICAL THEORY11. Plato's Later Political Theory12. The "Second-Best" State13. Political Principles