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A Guide to Plato's Republic - Daryl H. Rice

A Guide to Plato's Republic

Paperback Published: 1st November 1997
ISBN: 9780195112849
Number Of Pages: 160

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A Guide to Plato's Republic provides an integral interpretation of the Republic which is accessible even to readers approaching Plato's masterwork for the first time. Written at a level understandable to undergraduates, it is ideal for students and other readers who have little or no background in philosophy or political theory. Rice anticipates their inevitable reactions to the Republic and treats them seriously, opening the way to an appreciation of the complexities of the text without oversimplifying it.
While many books on the Republic never stray far from explicating Plato's text, this work contrasts Plato's responses to perennial issues in philosophy and political theory with those of several key subsequent thinkers. It uses engaging examples to show the continuing relevance of Plato's arguments and introduces some basic vocabulary of philosophy and political theory, going beyond terse dictionary definitions by illustrating what technical terms mean in the context of Plato's work.
The author's interpretative posture is appreciative but respectfully critical of Plato's vision. Stressing the relationship between Plato's politics and metaphysics, Rice argues that Plato's reluctance to accept the reality and consequences of finitude accounts for much of what many readers find objectionable in his politics.
Lively, relatively brief, and designed to provoke discussion in the classroom, A Guide to Plato's Republic is ideal for political theory and introduction to philosophy courses as well as other courses that assign the Republic as a primary text.

"An excellent text for beginning students in philosophy, written in a lively, clear, and engaging style."--Gregory F. Weis, University of South Carolina Aiken "Very useful to undergraduates. Conversational style. Solid interpretations presented."--Verna V. Gehring, Hood College "Compact, well-integrated basic introduction to the Republic. It should prove an excellent supplementary volume for students working on the Republic in introductory philosophy courses."--Dan O'Bryan, Sierra Nevada College "This will surely be a helpful guide to a generation of beginning students in philosophy."--Robert L. Perkins, Stetson University

Preface Guide to Pronunciation 1: Philosophy and Ordinary Life (Reading in the Republic: Book I) Plato's Dialogical Style The Sociology of Knowledge and Questioning Authority Appearance and Reality and Questioning Common Sense Normative Philosophy Versus Empirical Enquiry Absolute Philosophy Versus Relative Convention The Normative/Empirical Distinction in a Moralized Cosmos Plato's Diaglogical Style Reconsidered Some Initial Reservations Suggestions for Further Reading 2: Politics and the Ideal City (Reading in the Republic: Books II-V) Plato Versus Hobbes on Justice and Happiness The Construction and Rationale of the Ideal City Art and Censorship The Living Conditions of the Guardians Useful Falsehoods Force in the City and Soul Plato Versus Hobbes on Substantive and Instrumental Reason Suggestions for Further Reading 3: Plato's Metaphysics (Reading in the Republic: Books VI-VII) Metaphysics, Ontology, and Epistemology The Divided Line as an Overview of Plato's Metaphysics Explaining Plato's Metaphysics on its Own Terms The Doctrine of the Forms--Realism Versus Nominalism Dialectic and the Form of God Problems in Plato's Metaphysics Interpreted on its Own Terms Interpreting Plato's Metaphysics from Other Points of View--Acknowledging Finitude Suggestions for Further Reading 4: Plato's Metaphysics and Imperfect Justice (Reading in the Republic : Books VIII-X) The Types of Imperfect Justice Ranking the Types Proofs that Most Just Person is Happiest Critique of the Proofs The Genesis of Imperfection Accounts of Imperfection in Subsequent Philosophy and Political Theory Art Versus Philosophy Revisited and the Myth of Er Suggestions for Furhter Reading 5: Politics in the Face of Finitude (Reading in the Republic: Review of Book VIII) Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, and Tyranny Rejected Democracy by Default Another View--Interpreting Plato as a Proponent of Democracy Appropriating Plato's Criticism of Democracy Democracy and Philosophy Suggestions for Further Reading Selecting Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780195112849
ISBN-10: 0195112849
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st November 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.2