The Paradox of Political Philosophy

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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.

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Jacob Howland, author of The Republic: The Odyssey of Philosophy, is associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tulsa.

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An admirable book―not only a thoughtful and impressively wide-ranging study of Plato's dialogues, but a sharply focused and quite accessible one as well. It will be valuable to both experienced and relatively new readers of Plato...The book sets out a bright and novel agenda for reading and discussing Plato.” (Stephen Salkever, Bryn Mawr College The Review of Politics)

This is a powerful and compelling book . . . Howland's detailed interpretation of each of the dialogues he treats sheds important and imaginative new light on the meaning and the significance of these dialogues . . . Howland makes his case in a completely convincing way . . . A remarkable and important contribution to Platonic scholarship . . . A truly exellent book from which scholars and students will benefit greatly. (Drew A. Hyland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College)

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.

Howland provides an insightful interpretation of Socrates'. (J. Gough, Red deer College CHOICE, September 1998 Vol. 36 No. 1)

Howland's argument for the thesis is forceful... (Review of Metaphysics)

Howland provides a thoughtful consideration of philosophic drama, a close textual reading of the octology, and useful diagrams of the steps and divisions in the Sophist and the Statesman. . . . His insightful interpretation of Socrates' views and character is a useful companion to the octology while illuminating the sophist who is at the same time not a sophist. (J. Gough, Red deer College CHOICE)

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