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Engagement With Plato's Republic, An

Mitchell, Basil and J.R. Lucas

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ISBN 10: 0754633667 / ISBN 13: 9780754633662
Published by Ashgate Publishing Company, Burlington, VT, 2003
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Engagement With Plato's Republic, An

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company, Burlington, VT

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Outrageous, unfashionable, politically incorrect though many of Plato's opinions undoubtedly are, we should not just dismiss them as thoughts now unthinkable, but think through them, recognising the force of the arguments that led Plato to enunciate them and consider the counter-arguments he might have marshalled to meet contemporary objections. This book encourages today's students to engage in Plato's thought, grapple with Plato's arguments, and explore the relevance of his arguments in contemporary terms. A text only comes alive if we make it our own; Plato's great work The Republic, often reads as though it were addressing the problems of the day rather than those of ancient Athens. Treating The Republic as a whole and offering a comprehensive introduction to Plato's arguments, Mitchell and Lucas draw students into an exploration of the relevance of Plato's thought to our present ideas about politics, society and education, as well as the philosophy of mathematics, science and religion. The authors bring The Republic to life. The first chapters help the reader to make sense of the text, either in translation or the original Greek. Later chapters deal with the themes that Plato raises, treating Plato as a contemporary. Plato is inexhaustible: he speaks to many different people of different generations and from different backgrounds. The Republic is not just an ancient text: it never ceases to be relevant to contemporary concerns, and it demands fresh discussion in every age.

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Basil Mitchell, Oriel College, University of Oxford, UK and J.R. Lucas, Merton College, University of Oxford, UK

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