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Description - Plato's Utopia Recast by Christopher Bobonich

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 held that 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 highly significant 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199251438
ISBN-10: 0199251436
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 164mm x 40mm)
Pages: 656
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Christopher Bobonich

Christopher Bobonich is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University.

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Cambridge Companion to Ancient Ethics by Christopher Bobonich
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Plato's 'Laws' by Christopher Bobonich
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