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Author Santas, Gerasimos Xenophon

Title Understanding Plato's Republic / Gerasimos Santas

Publ Info Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
 CCRI-Lincoln  JC71 .P6 S26 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  JC71.P6 S26 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 238 pages ; 24 cm
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Contents Preface -- Chapter 1: Introduction: Style, Main Argument, And Basic Ideas Of The Republic -- 1: Dialogue style and the characters -- 2: Main argument and plot of the Republic -- 3: Fundamental ideas of the Republic -- Chapter 2: Is Justice The Interest Of The Rulers? Is It Good For Us? The Challenge Of Thrasymachus -- 1: Why does Thrasymachus think that justice is the interest of the rulers? -- 2: Socrates' refutations of Thrasymachus' premises -- 3: Is [the] justice [of Thrasymachus] good for me? -- 4: Thrasymachus unconvinced, Socrates dissatisfied; What has gone wrong? -- Chapter 3: Justice By Agreement; Is It Good Enough? The Challenge Of Plato's Brothers -- 1: What is justice? Glaucon's theory of a social contract -- 2: Glaucon and Thrasymachus on what justice is: results and methods -- 3: Why should I be just? -- Chapter 4: What Is A Just Society? Plato's Own Social Ideal -- 1: What is justice? Socrates divides the question -- 2: What is a just society? The problem of justice, and how Socrates tries to solve it -- 3: Functional theory of good and virtue -- 4: Plato's definitions of justice and the other virtues of his completely good city -- 5: Return to Plato's methods for discovering justice -- Chapter 5: Plato's Ideal Of A Just And Good Person -- 1: Analogy between a just city and a just soul -- 2: Plato's analysis of the human psyche -- 3: Parts of the human psyche: faculties or agents? -- 4: Just, temperate, brave, and wise human souls -- 5: Plato's ideal of rationality -- 6: Virtues and vices of the city-soul analogy -- Chapter 6: Equality Of Women: Plato's Blindfold -- 1: Blindfold of justice -- 2: Does Plato's justice wear a blindfold? -- 3: Gender blindfold of Plato's justice -- 4: Was Plato an advocate of women's rights? Was he a feminist? -- 7: Knowledge And Governing Well: Opinions And Knowledge, Forms And The Good -- 1: Ideals as standards and their approximations -- 2: Paradox of the philosopher-king: knowledge and political power -- 3: Knowledge and opinions -- 4: Platonic forms and physical particulars -- 5: Plato's theory of the form of the good -- 6: Knowledge of good -- 7: How Elitist is Plato's completely good city? --
Chapter 8: Plato's Criticisms Of Democracy And The Democratic Character -- 1: Political equalities and economic inequalities -- 2: Platonic knowledge and democratic ruling -- 3: Plato's criticisms of democratic freedoms -- 4: Plato's democratic character: freedom and equality in the human psyche -- 5: Plato's criticisms of his democratic character -- Chapter 9: Plato's Defense Of His Social And Psychic Justice -- 1: Is Plato's social justice justice at all? -- 2: Is Plato's political justice better for me than the justice of Thrasymachus or the justice of Plato's brothers? -- 3: Is Plato's political justice good for all the citizens? -- 4: Plato's defense of his just person: the Sachs problem -- 5: Defense of justice as the health of the soul -- 6: Defense of the just life as the pleasantest -- Bibliography -- Index
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Synopsis: Understanding Plato's Republic is an accessible introduction to the concepts of justice that inform Plato's Republic, elucidating the ancient philosopher's main argument that we would be better off leading just lives rather than unjust ones. Provides a much needed up to date discussion of The Republic's fundamental ideas and Plato's main argument; Discusses the unity and coherence of The Republic as a whole; Written in a lively style, informed by over 50 years of teaching experience; Reveals rich insights into a timeless classic that holds remarkable relevance to the modern world
LC subject Plato. Republic
ISBN 9781405120104 (hardcover : alk. paper)
140512010X (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781405120180 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1405120185 (pbk. : alk. paper)