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Poetic Justice: Rereading Plato's "Republic"

Jill Frank


Plato’s dialogues are often read as offering biting criticisms of Athens’s democratic authorities, as efforts to supplant those authorities with philosophical authority, and as subjugating desire, imagination, and sense perception to that philosophical authority. On that interpretative approach, Plato’s evident artistry as poet and dramatist is seen as an instrument in the service of the rationalism and idealism of his dialogues, and of their rule of truth. With particular focus on the Republic, this book, by contrast, foregrounds Plato’s artistry and poetry to bring to appearance how the phil ... More

Keywords: Plato, Republic, politics, philosophy, poetry, authority, desire, persuasion, self-governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226515632
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226515809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jill Frank, author
Cornell University