Platonic Political Philosophy in Late Antiquity
By (author) Dominic J. O'Meara
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Platonopolis by Dominic J. O'Meara
Book DescriptionConventional wisdom suggests that the Platonist philosophers of Late Antiquity, from Plotinus (third century) to the sixth-century schools in Athens and Alexandria, neglected the political dimension of their Platonic heritage in their concentration on an otherworldly life. Dominic O'Meara presents a revelatory reappraisal of these thinkers, arguing that their otherworldliness involved rather than excluded political ideas, and he proposes for the first time a reconstruction of their political philosophy, their conception of the function, structure, and contents of political science, and its relation to political virtue and to the divinization of soul and state. Among the topics discussed by O'Meara are: philosopher-kings and queens; political goals and levels of reform: law, constitutions, justice, and penology; the political function of religion; and the limits of political science and action. He also explores various reactions to these political ideas in the works of Christian and Islamic writers, in particular Eusebius, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, and al-Farabi. Filling a major gap in our understanding, Platonopolis will be of substantial interest to scholars and students of ancient philosophy, classicists, and historians of political thought.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199285532
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dominic J. O'Meara
Syrianus: on Aristotle Metaphysics 3-4, Paperback (April 2014)
Reveals how Aristotelian metaphysics was formalized and transformed by a philosophy which found its deepest roots in Pythagoras and Plato. This book shows how metaphysics, as a philosophical science, was conceived by the Neoplatonic philosopher of Late Antiquity.
Syrianus: On Aristotle Metaphysics 13-14, Paperback (April 2014)
Syrianus attacked Aristotle in his commentary on Books 13 and 14 of the "Metaphysics". This is because in "Metaphysics 13-14", Aristotle himself was being polemical towards Platonism. In reply, Syrianus gives an account of mathematical number and of geometrical entities, and of how all of these are processed in the mind.
Platonopolis, Hardback (May 2003)
Conventional wisdom suggests that the Platonist philosophers of Late Antiquity neglected the political dimension of their Platonic heritage in their concentration on an otherworldly life. This work presents a reappraisal of these thinkers, arguing that their otherworldliness involved rather than excluded political ideas.
Plotinus, Paperback (March 1995)» View all books by Dominic J. O'Meara
An introduction to the thought of the third-century AD writer Plotinus, one of the greatest of ancient philosophers. The text is tailored to the requirements of students: it assumes no knowledge of Greek or expertise in ancient philosophy, stays close to the texts, and relates Plotinus's ideas to modern philosophical concerns.
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