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Plato as critical theorist

Author: Jonny Thakkar
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Is there any point in thinking about the best possible society? Over the last decade or so, a number of political philosophers have argued that such "ideal theory" is a dangerous distraction from the concrete power struggles that make up "real politics." Jonny Thakkar takes a different view, arguing that each and every one of us has a duty to engage in ideal theory. To make that case he turns to Plato's Republic,  Read more...
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Named Person: Plato.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonny Thakkar
ISBN: 9780674971769 0674971760
OCLC Number: 1002820244
Description: xii, 373 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
What is philosophy for? --
Why philosophers should rule --
The beautiful city --
Plato and Athens --
Historical possibility --
Philosopher-citizens --
Moneymaking and malfunction --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Jonny Thakkar.

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What is the best possible society? How would its rulers govern and citizens behave? In an era when political idealism seems a relic of the past, these questions are more urgent than ever. Taking  Read more...

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