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Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading

Long, Christopher P.

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ISBN 10: 1107040353 / ISBN 13: 9781107040359
Published by Cambridge University Press, U.S.A., 2014
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Title: Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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In the Gorgias, Socrates claims to practice the true art of politics, but the peculiar politics he practices involves cultivating in each individual he encounters an erotic desire to live a life animated by the ideals of justice, beauty and the good. Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy demonstrates that what Socrates sought to do with those he encountered, Platonic writing attempts to do with readers. Christopher P. Long's attentive readings of the Protagoras, Gorgias, Phaedo, Apology, and Phaedrus invite us to cultivate the habits of thinking and responding that mark the practices of both Socratic and Platonic politics. Platonic political writing is here experienced in a new way as the contours of a politics of reading emerges in which the community of readers is called to consider how a commitment to speaking the truth and acting toward justice can enrich our lives together.

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In the Gorgias, Socrates claims to practice the true art of politics, but the politics he practices involves cultivating in each individual he encounters an erotic desire to live a life animated by the ideals of justice, beauty and the good. By writing dialogues, Plato practices a similar kind of politics with his readers. Focusing on the Protagoras, Gorgias, Phaedo, Apology, and Phaedrus, this book delineates the political practices of Platonic writing and invites us to cultivate habits of collaborative reading capable of enriching our lives together.

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