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The Paradox of Political Philosophy : Socrates' Philosophic Trial - Jacob Howland

The Paradox of Political Philosophy

Socrates' Philosophic Trial

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Published: 28th December 1997
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In engaging five of Plato's dialogues_Theaetetus, Euthyphro, Cratylus, Sophist, and Statesman_and by paying particular attention to Socrates' intellectual defense in the 'philosophic trial' by the Stranger from Elea, Jacob Howland illuminates Plato's understanding of the proper relationship between philosophy and politics. This insightful and innovative study illustrates the Plato's understanding of the difference between sophistry and philosophy, and it identifies the innate contradictions of political philosophy that Plato observed and remain entrenched within the field to this day. This is essential reading for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of political philosophy.

This is an admirable book, thoughtful and impressively wide-ranging study of Platos's dialogues, but a sharply focused and quite accessible one as well. It will be valuable to both experienced and relatively new readers.

Preface
Introduction: Socrates' Philosophic Trialp. 1
Socrates
Prelude to the Philosophic Trial: The Apologyp. 23
Orienting Anticipations: The Theaetetus's Prologuep. 39
Midwifing the Soul: The Theaetetusp. 53
Thinking Back to the Beginnings: The Euthyphrop. 95
Prophetic Play: The Cratylusp. 131
The Stranger
The Challenge of Philosophy: The Sophistp. 167
The Paradox of Politics: The Statesmanp. 223
Epilogue: Plato and Socratesp. 281
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 335
About the Authorp. 343
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ISBN: 9780847689767
ISBN-10: 084768976X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 28th December 1997
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.29  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.49