10. Plato's Political Philosophy: The Republic, the Statesman, and the Laws

  1. Mary Louise Gill2 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin3
  1. Melissa Lane

Published Online: 8 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch10

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

How to Cite

Lane, M. (2012) Plato's Political Philosophy: The Republic, the Statesman, and the Laws, in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (eds M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Author Information

  1. Cambridge University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631210610

Online ISBN: 9781444305845

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Keywords:

  • Plato's political philosophy, the Republic, the Statesman, and the Laws;
  • evidence of Socrates' views, coming directly from Plato's dialogues;
  • Plato and the search for a political art, knowledge as using power for the ethical good;
  • the Statesman a ruling knowledge, and the nature of what such rule might be;
  • Plato, using psychology, epistemology, political arguments as change in dialogues;
  • Socrates and the question of a master knowledge, governing the good of the soul;
  • conception of Forms, linked in the Phaedo, of choiceworthiness or goodness;
  • Socrates, on the just as of being at peace with oneself, insofar as the soul being well-ordered;
  • the Platonic teleological best, being that of a person's reason, as ordering the soul of another;
  • the Statesman, the nature of political knowledge, as nature of the knowledge itself

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Laws

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography