Plato and the City
A New Introduction to Plato's Political Thought
Jean-François Pradeau and translated by Janet Lloyd
Janet Lloyd is one of the best known translators into English of French studies of the Classics; her many translations include for University of Exeter Press 'Plato and the City', by Jean-Francois Pradeau.
Jean-François Pradeau teaches the history of ancient philosophy at the University of Paris-X, Nanterre and previously taught philosophy at the Universities of Bordeaux and Strasbourg.
Translator’s Note Foreword by Christopher Gill Author’s Note Introduction 1. ‘I am no politician’ (Socrates) Socrates against his city The wrecking of the Athenian maritime empire: the 'Menexenus' 14 Political competence 2. The political psychology of the 'Republic' The great soul that is the city Serving the city Political science (and politics) 3. Producing the city: the 'Statesman' The conditions necessary for political technique The object of politics Political demiurgy Laws and ways of life 4. The life of the city: the 'Timaeus-Critias' The world of the city The political living being 5. The city, a world of politics: the 'Laws' The laws of the constitution The constitution of the city The order of the world Conclusion Bibliography Index
Accessible and concise… Pradeau’s book is valuable because it offers a different way into Plato’s political thought than the tired question of Plato’s totalitarianism.
Polis, Vol. 20 nos. 1 & 2
Although discernibly radical in its approach, it is an accessible volume designed for students and general readers: Pradeau summarises the relevant dialogues, transliterates Greek terms, and translates all passages quoted. [...] Concise, articulate and persuasive.
JACT Review, vol. 33
A useful introduction for students.
Oxbow Book News 5, Spring 2003
Size: 214 x 134 mm
Publication: October 2, 2002