Plato's Fable: On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times (New Forum Books)

4.5 avg rating
( 2 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780691124384: Plato's Fable: On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times (New Forum Books)

This book is an exploration of Plato's Republic that bypasses arcane scholarly debates. Plato's Fable provides refreshing insight into what, in Plato's view, is the central problem of life: the mortal propensity to adopt defective ways of answering the question of how to live well.


How, in light of these tendencies, can humankind be saved? Joshua Mitchell discusses the question in unprecedented depth by examining one of the great books of Western civilization.


He draws us beyond the ancients/moderns debate, and beyond the notion that Plato's Republic is best understood as shedding light on the promise of discursive democracy. Instead, Mitchell argues, the question that ought to preoccupy us today is neither "reason" nor "discourse," but rather "imitation." To what extent is man first and foremost an "imitative" being? This, Mitchell asserts, is the subtext of the great political and foreign policy debates of our times.



Plato's Fable is not simply a work of textual exegesis. It is an attempt to move debates within political theory beyond their current location. Mitchell recovers insights about the depth of the problem of mortal imitation from Plato's magnificent work, and seeks to explicate the meaning of Plato's central claim--that "only philosophy can save us."

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

"This book represents a singularly original, provocative, and profound interpretation of Plato's Republic. Moreover, it poses a fundamental challenge to contemporary assumptions about the mutability of human nature. A tour de force."--Patrick Deneen, Georgetown University

"Mitchell encourages us to read a very familiar text in a new light. His book is rare in that it neither places itself in a particular camp of scholarship, nor ignores the thinking of others. I know of no other book like this one."--Jean Bethke Elshtain, the University of Chicago

About the Author:

Joshua Mitchellis Professor of Government at Georgetown University, where he teaches the history of political thought.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Mitchell, Joshua
Published by Princeton University Press
ISBN 10: 0691124388 ISBN 13: 9780691124384
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookZone Illinois
(Aurora, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press. Book Condition: New. Hardcover w / dustjacket. Pristine, Unread, Gift Quality. DJ new/fine. "American History and Political Philosophy 20140927" Stored in sealed plastic protection. No pricing stickers. No remainder mark. No previous owner's markings. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 2006. Hardcover w / dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 362156

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.44
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Joshua Mitchell
ISBN 10: 0691124388 ISBN 13: 9780691124384
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books-FYI, Inc.
(Cadiz, KY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 23MA3600ZCO2

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Joshua Mitchell
Published by Princeton University Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0691124388 ISBN 13: 9780691124384
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 2006. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # WP-9780691124384

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 44.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.01
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Joshua Mitchell
Published by Princeton University Press, United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 0691124388 ISBN 13: 9780691124384
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, United States, 2006. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This book is an exploration of Plato s Republic that bypasses arcane scholarly debates. Plato s Fable provides refreshing insight into what, in Plato s view, is the central problem of life: the mortal propensity to adopt defective ways of answering the question of how to live well. How, in light of these tendencies, can humankind be saved? Joshua Mitchell discusses the question in unprecedented depth by examining one of the great books of Western civilization. He draws us beyond the ancients/moderns debate, and beyond the notion that Plato s Republic is best understood as shedding light on the promise of discursive democracy. Instead, Mitchell argues, the question that ought to preoccupy us today is neither reason nor discourse, but rather imitation. To what extent is man first and foremost an imitative being? This, Mitchell asserts, is the subtext of the great political and foreign policy debates of our times. Plato s Fable is not simply a work of textual exegesis. It is an attempt to move debates within political theory beyond their current location. Mitchell recovers insights about the depth of the problem of mortal imitation from Plato s magnificent work, and seeks to explicate the meaning of Plato s central claim--that only philosophy can save us. Bookseller Inventory # AAH9780691124384

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 61.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Joshua Mitchell
Published by Princeton University Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0691124388 ISBN 13: 9780691124384
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0691124388

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 62.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Joshua Mitchell
Published by Princeton University Press, United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 0691124388 ISBN 13: 9780691124384
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, United States, 2006. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This book is an exploration of Plato s Republic that bypasses arcane scholarly debates. Plato s Fable provides refreshing insight into what, in Plato s view, is the central problem of life: the mortal propensity to adopt defective ways of answering the question of how to live well. How, in light of these tendencies, can humankind be saved? Joshua Mitchell discusses the question in unprecedented depth by examining one of the great books of Western civilization. He draws us beyond the ancients/moderns debate, and beyond the notion that Plato s Republic is best understood as shedding light on the promise of discursive democracy. Instead, Mitchell argues, the question that ought to preoccupy us today is neither reason nor discourse, but rather imitation. To what extent is man first and foremost an imitative being? This, Mitchell asserts, is the subtext of the great political and foreign policy debates of our times. Plato s Fable is not simply a work of textual exegesis. It is an attempt to move debates within political theory beyond their current location. Mitchell recovers insights about the depth of the problem of mortal imitation from Plato s magnificent work, and seeks to explicate the meaning of Plato s central claim--that only philosophy can save us. Bookseller Inventory # AAH9780691124384

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 63.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Joshua Mitchell
Published by Princeton University Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0691124388 ISBN 13: 9780691124384
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 2006. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days.THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IP-9780691124384

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 61.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Joshua Mitchell
Published by Princeton University Press 2006-03-06, Princeton (2006)
ISBN 10: 0691124388 ISBN 13: 9780691124384
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press 2006-03-06, Princeton, 2006. hardback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780691124384

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 60.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.01
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Joshua Mitchell
Published by Princeton University Press
ISBN 10: 0691124388 ISBN 13: 9780691124384
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780691124384

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 64.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.26
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Mitchell, Joshua
Published by Princeton University Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0691124388 ISBN 13: 9780691124384
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780691124384

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 70.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book