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Plato as critical theorist, Jonny Thakkar

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Plato as critical theorist
Title
Plato as critical theorist
Statement of responsibility
Jonny Thakkar
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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, which depicts an ideal society within which ideal theory itself plays a vital role, thanks to the institution of philosopher-kings. The first half of the book offers a careful but creative reading of the notion of rule by philosophers. The second half of the book argues that in today's liberal democracies what we need is not philosopher-kings but philosopher-citizens--citizens who reflect, both individually and together, on how they could work together to produce an environment conducive to flourishing. Plato as Critical Theorist argues that the notion of philosopher-citizens is not only compatible with Rawlsian political liberalism, but an advance on it.--
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1982-
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Thakkar, Jonny
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Plato
  • Philosopher-kings
  • Political ethics
  • Liberalism
  • Political participation
  • Platonists
Label
Plato as critical theorist, Jonny Thakkar
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- What is philosophy for? -- Why philosophers should rule -- The beautiful city -- Plato and Athens -- Historical possibility -- Philosopher-citizens -- Moneymaking and malfunction -- Conclusion
Control code
on1002820244
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 373 pages
Isbn
9780674971769
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002820244
Label
Plato as critical theorist, Jonny Thakkar
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- What is philosophy for? -- Why philosophers should rule -- The beautiful city -- Plato and Athens -- Historical possibility -- Philosopher-citizens -- Moneymaking and malfunction -- Conclusion
Control code
on1002820244
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 373 pages
Isbn
9780674971769
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002820244

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