Why Plato Wrote (Blackwell-Bristol Lectures on Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition)

Why Plato Wrote (Blackwell-Bristol Lectures on Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition)

By: Danielle S. Allen (author)Paperback

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Why Plato Wrote argues that Plato was not only the world s first systematic political philosopher, but also the western world s first think-tank activist and message man. * Shows that Plato wrote to change Athenian society and thereby transform Athenian politics * Offers accessible discussions of Plato s philosophy of language and political theory * Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2011

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Danielle S. Allen is UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000) and Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004).


Acknowledgments ix Abbreviations xi Prologue: Why Think about Plato? 1 Part I: Why Plato Wrote 9 Chapter 1: Who Was Plato? 11 Chapter 2: The Importance of Symbols in Human Life 24 Chapter 3: The Philosopher as Model-Maker 38 Chapter 4: The Philosopher as Shadow-Maker 55 Chapter 5: What Plato Wrote 70 Chapter 6: How Plato Lived 79 Part II: What Plato Did 87 Chapter 7: The Case for Influence 89 Chapter 8: Culture War Emergent 108 Chapter 9: Culture War Concluded 122 Epilogue: And to My Colleagues 143 Appendix 1: The Relationship between Paradigms and Forms 148 Appendix 2: A Second Tri-partite Division of the Soul? 154 Appendix 3: Miso- Compounds in Greek Literature 158 Notes 161 References 206 Further Reading 215 Index 219

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  • publication date: 06/12/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781118454398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 244
  • ID: 9781118454398
  • weight: 320
  • ISBN10: 1118454391

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