Plato Unmasked: The Dialogues Made New

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Plato Unmasked offers readers Plato's dialogues in condensed translations that (1) preserve the flavor of the original Greek and (2) enable the general reader or student to easily follow the thread of Plato's arguments, which are the source of our ideas on romantic love, immortality of the soul, heaven and hell, divine judgment, social contract, political science, felicific calculus, penal reform, equality of women, child rearing (including prenatal care and the importance of rocking infants), universal education (divided into kindergarten, elementary school, and high school), eugenics, behavioral conditioning, professional military, urban planning, marriage counseling, regulation of environmental pollution, and state-mandated care for the aged and insane, to name only a few. This book will appeal to students, teachers, and readers studying Plato who want to easily follow his arguments but at the same time gain insight into the characters of the dialogues and their lives.

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Keith Quincy received his BA in philosophy and MA in political science at UCLA, and his doctorate in philosophy at the Claremont Graduate University. His research and published work include classical economics, welfare economics, and the economics of Henry George. Formerly a fellow at the Institute in Higher Education at the Claremont Graduate University, he taught philosophy at the University of California (Riverside) and the California Polytechnic Institute (Pomona). He also taught political philosophy and political economy at Eastern Washington University (EWU). He is the author of nine books, including a history of the Hmong, an account of the CIA's secret war in Laos, and a new translation of Plato's dialogues. Nationally recognized for his outstanding teaching, he is the former chairman of the Government Program at EWU.

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A daring translator, Quincy gives the most acclaimed of ancient thinkers a saucy new voice: colloquial, pungent, and terse. Animated by a new tone, the characters in Plato's classic dialogues speak with vernacular directness as they ask Socrates why he is "always hanging around" or as they complain that he's "driving [them] nuts." But even as he gives Plato's characters license to speak in casual idioms, Quincy trims their speeches, abridging dialogues he judges verbose. As if such tampering with Plato's words weren't enough to scandalize traditionalists, Quincy supplements the chronologically arranged dialogues with historical notes that cast unflattering shadows on the Greek philosopher and his famous tutor: Plato stands exposed as a propagandist hiding his own political blunders, Socrates as an ill-tempered slanderer of a gifted rival. Such irreverence will send some readers scurrying for the cover of canonical translations. But Quincy's brashness will attract many readers glad to see Plato and Socrates rescued from their honorific spots among the museum alabasters, set free to again discomfit and perplex the complacent. Bryce Christensen
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