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By John R. Wallach

ISBN-10: 027102075X

ISBN-13: 9780271020754

ISBN-10: 0271031026

ISBN-13: 9780271031026

During this first entire therapy of Plato's political idea in decades, John Wallach deals a "critical historicist" interpretation of Plato, Wallach indicates how Plato's concept, whereas a thorough critique of the normal moral and political perform of his personal period, will be obvious as having the potential of contributing to democratic discourse approximately ethics and politics at the present time. the writer argues that Plato articulates and "solves" his Socratic challenge in his a variety of "dialogues in numerous yet possibly complementary methods, The ebook successfully extricates Plato from the straightjacket of Platonism and from the interpretative views of the previous fifty years - largely these of Karl Papper, Leo Strauss, Hannah Arendt, M.I. Finley, Jacques Derrida, and Gregory Vlastos.

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01B-P1485 11/21/00 12:02 PM Page 32 32 settings of Plato’s biography. ) Here, the Seventh Letter is a valuable source, even for those who doubt its authenticity. It describes Plato as having irreversibly chosen a philosophical vocation for himself after the trial and death of Socrates but also as having chosen it for essentially political reasons. That is, given his view of the probably irredeemable character of conventional politics, the practice of philosophy constituted Plato’s chosen path for pursuing justice.

For applications of the interpretive perspective of analytical philosophy to understanding Plato, see the work of Gregory Vlastos, Terence Irwin, Richard Kraut, Gregory Santas, Julia Annas, and Alexander Nehamas, to name a notable few— especially the recent (and interesting) incarnations of this interpretive perspective, namely those of Nehamas, The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault, and idem, The Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates; and Annas, Platonic Ethics: Old and New.

For example, see his “Letter on Humanism,” in Basic Writings of Heidegger, ed. David F. Krell, 193–242, esp. 194, 232. However, his condemnations were not, shall we say, on behalf of democracy. As for Strauss, he embraces rather than criticizes the opposition of theory and democracy in order to justify his own understanding of Platonic metaphysics (actually Platonized Aristotelianism) as the necessary guardian of modern constitutional democracy. The latter succeeds only so long as its political mechanisms and authoritative values ensure that today’s demos has no directive role in determining the practical course of political life.

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