Plato: Republic V

S. Halliwell

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ISBN: 9780856685361

Publication: January 1, 1993

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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This new edition provides a thorough reappraisal of one of the most remarkable and controversial sections of the Republic. Book 5's radical proposals for the ideal state include an argument for the essential equality of the sexes; provision for full female participation in the work of the Guardians (including warfare); the abolition of the family for this same ruling class, with a sexual as well as economic system of communism; and a policy of eugenic control. Plato feared that some of this material would arouse amusement in his readers; in fact, parts of Book 5 have been subsequently used to support a charge of totalitarianism against Plato, while other elements have led to description of him as the first feminist. Book 5 also examines the relation between knowledge and belief, and in doing so embarks on the great structure of metaphysical thought which forms the centre-piece of the entire work. All these topics receive fresh and detailed consideration in the introduction and commentary, which are designed to make this important work accessible to a wide range of readers. Greek text with translation, commentary and notes.

Preface Introduction 1.1 Design & Discovery: Approaching Book V 1.2 The structure of argument in Book V 1.3 The status of the arguments in Book V 2. Nature, individuals and society 2.2 Eugenics and kinship 3. War, Greeks and Barbarians 4. Philosophy knowledge and value Notes to the introduction Text and translation Apparatus Criticus Commentary Appendic: Republic V & Aristophanes' Ecckesuazusae Index

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 149 mm

240 Pages

ISBN: 9780856685361

Publication: January 1, 1993

Series: Aris & Phillips Classical Texts

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