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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

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.

Philosopher Kings

Author : George C. Christie
ISBN : 9780199712380
Genre : Law
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Philosopher Kings? The Adjudication of Conflicting Human Rights and Social Values, by George C. Christie, 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. It approaches the subject from a comparative perspective, using principally cases decided by European and United States courts. A significant part of this book analyzes conflicts between freedom of expression and the right to privacy. In a world in which, freedom of expression and privacy are said to be of equal value, the book explores whether it is possible to develop, through case-by-case adjudication, a legal regime which can give clear direction as to what expression is or is not permitted. Otherwise, if such a regime proves impossible, in the guise of recognizing the equal value of expression and privacy, privacy may become de facto the preferred value.

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 : 9781134667987
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.

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.

The Philosopher Kings

Author : Ross Thomson
ISBN : 9781300370345
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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.

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.

Philosopher Kings And Tragic Heroes

Author : Heather Reid
ISBN : 1942495072
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On at least one of Plato's visits to the sparkling city of Syracuse, he must have visited its famed theater and taken in a tragedy or two. He may also have reflected, as he sat there on the marble seats and looked up occasionally to glimpse the Ionian Sea, that his own adventure resembled that of a tragic hero. It had shining ideals, noble goals, great risk, a bit of hubris, and would end in death, nearly for the philosopher himself, and senselessly for his protégé, Dion. This connection between philosophy and drama goes back farther than Plato, though. It has roots in the plays of Syracuse's Epicharmus and can be seen in the earliest intellectual history of Magna Graecia, where such thinkers as Pythagoras, Xenophanes, and Empedocles blended philosophy, poetry, and performance. Sicily and Southern Italy, in particular, seem to have inspired the kind of original ideas that defy disciplinary designation. This collection of essays from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including archaeology, classics, philosophy, and art history, offers a refreshing new outlook on the heritage of Western Greece.

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