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In this book a distinguished philosopher offers a comprehensive interpretation of Plato’s most controversial dialogue. Treating the Republic as a unity and focusing on the dramatic form as the presentation of the argument, Stanley Rosen challenges earlier analyses of the Republic (including the ironic reading of Leo Strauss and his disciples) and argues that the key to understanding the dialogue is to grasp the author’s intention in composing it, in particular whether Plato believed that the city constructed in the Republic is possible and desirable.Rosen demonstrates that the fundamental principles underlying the just city are theoretically attractive but that the attempt to enact them in practice leads to conceptual incoherence and political disaster. The Republic, says Rosen, is a vivid illustration of the irreconcilability of philosophy and political practice.
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Stanley Rosen is Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy and University Professor at Boston University. His previous books include The Elusiveness of the Ordinary and Hermeneutics as Politics, both published by Yale University Press.Review:
"The most comprehensive and detailed commentary on and interpretation of Plato’s Republic in English. Stanley Rosen is one of the most original interpreters of Plato alive."—Drew A. Hyland, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
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“Highly persuasive as a refutation of the Straussians as well as of those who wish to accuse Plato of totalitarianism on one hand or philosophical incompetence on the other. Plato scholars of every stripe will be forced to respond to this book’s main claims.”—Jacob Howland, University of Tulsa
“A smart and insightful commentary. The book is a welcome addition to the corpus of Plato scholarship. . . .Highly recommended"
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Book Description Yale University Press, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0300109628
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