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Philosopher Kings

Author : C. D. C. Reeve
ISBN : 9781603840354
Genre : Philosophy
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Philosopher-Kings broke new ground on its first appearance by delivering to an audience accustomed to looking for flaws in Plato's thinking an interpretation of the Republic that celebrates the coherence of Plato's argument as it ramifies through every cranny of that controversial work. Reeve's book swiftly became a classic of Platonic scholarship and has never lost its grip. Its reissue by Hackett is a very welcome event. --G. R. F. Ferrari, University of California, Berkeley

The Philosopher Kings

Author : Jo Walton
ISBN : 9781466800830
Genre : Fiction
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From acclaimed, award-winning author Jo Walton: Philosopher Kings, a tale of gods and humans, and the surprising things they have to learn from one another. Twenty years have elapsed since the events of The Just City. The City, founded by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, organized on the principles espoused in Plato's Republic and populated by people from all eras of human history, has now split into five cities, and low-level armed conflict between them is not unheard-of. The god Apollo, living (by his own choice) a human life as "Pythias" in the City, his true identity known only to a few, is now married and the father of several children. But a tragic loss causes him to become consumed with the desire for revenge. Being Apollo, he goes handling it in a seemingly rational and systematic way, but it's evident, particularly to his precocious daughter Arete, that he is unhinged with grief. Along with Arete and several of his sons, plus a boatload of other volunteers--including the now fantastically aged Marsilio Ficino, the great humanist of Renaissance Florence--Pythias/Apollo goes sailing into the mysterious Eastern Mediterranean of pre-antiquity to see what they can find—possibly the man who may have caused his great grief, possibly communities of the earliest people to call themselves "Greek." What Apollo, his daughter, and the rest of the expedition will discover...will change everything. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Saving The City

Author : Malcolm Schofield
ISBN : 9781134667970
Genre : History
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Saving the City provides a detailed analysis of the attempts of ancient writers and thinkers, from Homer to Cicero, to construct and recommend political ideals of statesmanship and ruling, of the political community and of how it should be founded in justice. Malcolm Schofield debates to what extent the Greeks and Romans deal with the same issues as modern political thinkers.

Philosopher Kings

Author : George C. Christie
ISBN : 9780195341157
Genre : Law
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'Philosopher Kings' examines the attempts by courts to sort out conflicts involving freedom of expression, including religious expression on the one hand and rights to privacy and other important social values on the other.

Philosopher Kings Of Antiquity

Author : William Desmond
ISBN : 9781441108821
Genre : History
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One of the most celebrated of Plato's ideas was that if human society was ever to function successfully then philosophers would need to become kings, or kings philosophers. In a perfect state, therefore, philosophic wisdom should be wedded to political power. In antiquity, who were or aspired to be philosopher-kings? What was their understanding of wisdom and the limits of knowledge? What influence have they had on periods beyond antiquity? This volume focuses on Plato and his contemporaries; Alexander the Great and his Hellenistic successors; Marcus Aurelius and the 'good emperors'; Moses, Solomon and early Hebrew leaders; and Julian the Apostate, the last of the pagans. In conclusion it looks at the re-emergence of the Platonic ideal in important moments of European history, such as the Enlightenment. The theme of the philosopher-king is significant for Greco-Roman antiquity as a whole, and this work is unique in detailing the development of an idea through major periods of Greek and Roman history, and beyond.

Can There Be Philosopher Kings In A Liberal Polity A Reinterpretation And Reappropriation Of The Ideal Theory In Plato S Republic

Author : Jonathan Peter Robert Thakkar
ISBN : 1303229285
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What is the appropriate role for political idealism in society? By political idealism I mean the practice of working out and orienting oneself to visions of the best possible society. In recent years such idealism has come under attack within political philosophy, but I argue that it is precisely a lack of ideal theory that bedevils Western society under neoliberalism. To show this I take a long step back--all the way to Plato's Republic, in fact. I claim that Plato's argument for philosopher-kings is considerably more plausible than is commonly assumed; to see this, one needs to understand his metaphysics correctly. I then try to transpose Plato's ideas to the present, making them compatible with Rawslian political liberalism by giving the latter "lexical priority" in every case of conflict. I show both that Platonic political liberalism is possible and, via an engagement with Marx, that it is an ideal that can help us grasp the deficiencies of our own societies today.

Philosopher King In Medieval And Renaissance Jewish Political Thought The

Author : Abraham Melamed
ISBN : 9780791487709
Genre : Philosophy
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Illustrates Plato’s theory of the philosopher-king in the context of medieval and Renaissance Jewish thought.

Prophets Poets And Philosopher Kings

Author : Abhijit Basu
ISBN : 9789381576069
Genre : Religion
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Ancient India - where Vishvaamitra through Vedic austerities and Yaajnavalkya through Vedantic insight, explored the soaring levels of human consciousness; where Valmiki and Kalidasa created sublime poetry; where Rama and Yudhishthira ruled with an exquisite composite of wisdom, welfare and justice as the stuff of their royal sceptres; and where Lord Krishna spoke the wondrously universal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita - theses gems from the treasures of India's spiritual and literary heritage, form the themes that link this volume of modern essays. While these stories have been told and retold, interpreted and re-interpreted through millennia, this fluent and enjoyable narrative, presents a journey of exploration and analysis to find new meanings in the ancient words - looking at them through the prism of a modern, liberal and humanistic world-view.

Poker And Philosophy

Author : Eric Bronson
ISBN : 9780812698107
Genre : Philosophy
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Does God play cards with the universe? Do women have better poker faces than men? What’s the most existential poker movie ever made? Is life more meaningful when you go all-in? Is online poker really still poker? Poker and Philosophy ponders these questions and more, pitting young lions against old masters as the brashness of Phil Hellmuth meets the arrogance of Socrates, the recklessness of Doyle Brunson challenges the desperation of Dostoyevsky, and the coolness of Chris Moneymaker takes on the American tradition of capitalist ingenuity. This witty collection of essays demonstrates what serious card sharks have long known: winning big takes more than a good hand and a straight face. Stacking the metaphorical deck with a serious grounding in philosophy is the key to raking it in, because as Machiavelli proved long ago, it’s a lot better to be feared than loved, and lying is not the same as cheating.

The Philosopher Kings

Author : Ross Thomson
ISBN : 9781300425489
Genre : Fiction
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Danny Ross is the brightest rising star in EarthWatch, the "eyes in the sky" organization expediting relief efforts in large-scale disasters. Tragically orphaned in childhood, Danny has become a disaster junkie. His expansive knowledge on the subject uncovers a disturbing pattern in mortality rates from major catastrophes worldwide. Whenever deaths from natural causes wane, human-spawned disasters crop up to cover the shortfall. And the death toll rises in step with global population. In effect, someone is orchestrating a human cull. Danny's alarming discovery puts him in the crosshairs of a rich and powerful covert society, the Philosopher Kings. Meanwhile, the FBI wants him for two murders he didn't commit. In a desperate race to learn the truth and clear his name, he stumbles onto the next scheduled disaster. Question is, will he be able to stop it?

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