The Dialectical Character of Plato's "Republic"
By (author) David Roochnik
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Beautiful City by David Roochnik
Book DescriptionIn "Beautiful City", David Roochnik argues that Plato's masterpiece is misunderstood by modern readers. The work must, he explains, be read dialectically, its parts understood as forming a unified whole. Approached in this way, the text no longer appears to defend an authoritarian and monolithic political system, but rather supplies a qualified defence of democracy and the values of diversity. Writing in clear and straightforward prose, Roochnik demonstrates how Plato's treatment of the city and the soul evolves throughout the dialogue and can be appreciated only by considering the "Republic" in its entirety. He shows that the views expressed in the early parts of the text do not represent Plato's final judgement on these subjects but are in fact dialectical "moments" intended to be both partial and provisional. Books 5-7 of the "Republic" are, he maintains, meant to revise and improve upon books 2-4. Similarly, he sees the usually neglected books 8-10 as advancing beyond the thoughts presented in the previous books. Paying particular attention to these later books, Roochnik details, for instance, how the stories of the "mistaken" regimes, which are often seen as unimportant, are actually crucial in Plato's account of the soul.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801440878
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David Roochnik
Thinking Philosophically, Hardback (March 2016)
Thinking Philosophically: An Introduction to the Great Debates presents a highly accessible introduction to five of the most fundamental debates in world philosophy.
Beautiful City, Paperback (July 2008)
To the vast literature on Plato's Republic comes a new interpretation. In Beautiful City, David Roochnik argues convincingly that Plato's masterpiece is misunderstood by modern readers. The work must, he explains, be read dialectically, its parts...
Retrieving the Ancients, Paperback (May 2004)» View all books by David Roochnik
Presenting an introduction to ancient Greek philosophy, this work tells the story of some of the first philosophers in the West, from Thales to Aristotle. It treats the history of ancient Greek philosophy dialectically, as a conversation in which each thinker responds to and moves beyond his predecessors.
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