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Philosopher-kings of antiquity : lives of an ideal

Author: William D Desmond
Publisher: London : Continuum International Publishing Group, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the most celebrated of Plato''s ideas was that if human society was ever to function successfully then philosophers would need to become kings, or kings philosophers. In a perfect state, therefore, philosophic wisdom should be wedded to political power. In antiquity, who were or aspired to be philosopher-kings? What was their understanding of wisdom and the limits of knowledge? What influence have they had on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Philosopher-kings of Antiquity.
Continuum Intl Pub Group 2011
(OCoLC)657602897
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William D Desmond
ISBN: 9781441108821 1441108823 9780826434753 0826434754
OCLC Number: 767836553
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 256 pages)
Contents: Abbreviations; 1; Fundamental Themes: Kingship and Wisdom; What is a king? ; Functions of ancient kings; Kingship, Classical Greece and Republican Rome ; Philosopher-kings and assorted wise rulers; 2; Plato's Dream; Early dialogues and the "royal craft" of politics ; Guardians and demiurges: Republic, Timaeus and Critias; The direct rule of God: Statesman; Indirect rule by a wise legislator: Laws; Plato the activist ; 3; From Plato to Plutarch; Plato's contemporaries: Xenophon, Isocrates, Aristotle; Alexander and the Hellenistic age ; Plutarch's philosopher-kings ; 4; Marcus Aurelius. Marcus' educationChallenges of Marcus' reign: plague, wars, revolt; The Stoicism of Marcus' Meditations; Assessments of Marcus: a philosopher-king?; Marcus' enduring image; 5; Julian the Apostate; Julian's education ; Julian's ideas; Constantinople; Antioch; Mesopotamia; Assessments: a philosopher-king; 6; From Moses to Modernity ; Ancient images of Moses: prophet, lawgiver, philosopher; The Lord's anointed: Justinian and medieval ideals; Freedom and system: philosophes and enlightened despots ; Natural light of reason: Thomas Jefferson, philosopher-president. Scientific wisdom: Marx, Lenin, StalinA concluding fable: Orwell's Animal Farm; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: William Desmond.

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