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Author Bobonich, Christopher.

Title Plato's utopia recast : his later ethics and politics / Christopher Bobonich.

Imprint Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  184 P718BO    Check Shelf
Description xi, 643 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 586-612) and indexes.
Contents 1. Philosophers and Non-philosophers in the Phaedo and the Republic -- 1.1. Introduction -- 1.2. The Phaedo: Introduction -- 1.3. The Phaedo: Virtues and Ultimate Ends -- 1.4. The Phaedo: The Happiness of Non-philosophers -- 1.5. The Phaedo: The Psychology of Non-philosophers -- 1.6. The Phaedo: The Dependency Thesis -- 1.7. The Phaedo: Wisdom -- 1.8. The Phaedo: Political Implications -- 1.9. The Phaedo: Conclusion -- 1.10. The Republic: Introduction -- 1.11. The Republic: The Virtues of Non-philosophers -- 1.12. The Republic: The Ultimate Ends of Non-philosophers -- 1.13. The Republic: The Happiness of Non-philosophers -- 1.14. The Republic: Epistemology -- 1.15. The Republic: Non-philosophers: Solipsism and Instrumentality? -- 1.16. The Republic: Political Philosophy -- 1.17. The Republic: Conclusion -- 2. Virtue, Goods, and Happiness in the Laws -- 2.1. Overview -- 2.2. Reason and Law -- 2.3. Preludes to the Law -- 2.4. The Place of the Preludes -- 2.5. The Goal of the Laws -- 2.6. Dependent Goods in the Laws -- 2.7. Preliminary Clarifications -- 2.8. The Difficulties of Dependency -- 2.9. Previous Attempts to Ground the Dependency Thesis -- 2.10. Grounding Dependency -- 2.11. The Philebus -- 2.12. The Dependency Thesis -- 2.13. Virtue and Happiness -- 3. Parts of the Soul and the Psychology of Virtue -- 3.1. Introduction -- 3.2. Parts of the Soul and Akrasia in the Republic -- 3.3. Akrasia in the Republic -- 3.4. Problems with the Republic's Account of Akrasia -- 3.5. Plato's Later Views: Introduction -- 3.6. Akrasia and the Divine Puppets of the Laws -- 3.7. Varieties of Weak Akrasia -- 3.8. Psychic Intervention -- 3.9. Origins and Persistence -- 3.10. The Virtues -- 4. Parts of the Soul and Non-rational Motivations -- 4.1. Introduction -- 4.2. The Impoverishment of the Lower Parts of the Soul -- 4.3. Non-rational Motivations: An Overview -- 4.4. Psychology and Dependency -- 4.5. Spirited Emotions -- 4.6. Pleasure -- 5. The Citizens of Magnesia -- 5.1. Introduction -- 5.2. An Overview of Magnesia -- 5.3. A Second-best City: Women, Leisure, the Nocturnal Council, and Changing the Law -- 5.4. Citizenship and the Boundaries of the City -- 5.5. The Problems of Citizenship -- 5.6. The Question of Motivation -- 5.7. Political Rule and Citizenship -- 5.8. The Goodness of Ethical Activity -- 5.9. Transpolitical End.
Summary "Plato's Utopia Recast is an illuminating reappraisal of Plato's later works, which reveals radical changes in his ethical and political theory." "Christopher Bobonich argues that in these works Plato both rethinks and revises important positions which he held in his better-known earlier works such as the Republic and the Phaedo. Bobonich analyses Plato's shift from a deeply pessimistic view of non-philosophers in the Republic, where he held that only philosophers were capable of virtue and happiness, to his far more optimistic position in the Laws, where he holds that the constitution and laws of his ideal city of Magnesia would allow all citizens to achieve a truly good life. Bobonich sheds light on how this and other highly significant changes in Plato's views are grounded in changes in his psychology and epistemology." "This book will change our understanding of Plato. His controversial moral and political theory, so influential in Western thought, will henceforth be seen in a new light."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Plato -- Ethics.
Πλάτων, 427-347 π.Χ -- Ηθική.
Plato -- Political and social views.
Plato. Phaedo.
Plato. Republic.
Plato. Laws.
Platon -- Morale.
Platon -- Et la science politique.
Platon. Phédon.
Platon. République.
Platon. Lois.
Res publica.
Plato -- Contributions in political science.
Plato. Phaedo.
Plato. Republic.
Plato. Laws.
Plato. (OCoLC)fst00046610
Laws (Plato) (OCoLC)fst01357048
Phaedo (Plato) (OCoLC)fst01358386
Republic (Plato) (OCoLC)fst01356306
Plato, v427-v347. (DE-588)118594893
Politieke filosofie.
Filosofie van de geest.
Politische Philosophie.
Ethics. (OCoLC)fst00915833
Political and social views. (OCoLC)fst01353986
Ethik. (DE-588)4015602-3
Politische Philosophie. (DE-588)4076226-9
ISBN 0199251436 (alk. paper)
9780199251438 (alk. paper)
Standard No. 9780199251438
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