Platos Fable : On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times - Mitchell, Joshua

Plato's Fable : On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times

Joshua Mitchell

Yayınevi: Princeton University Press

Yayın tarihi: 03/2006

ISBN: 9780691124384

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This book is an exploration of Plato's Republic that bypasses arcane scholarly debates. "Plato's Fable" provides refreshing insight into what, in Plato's view, is the central problem of life: the mortal propensity to adopt defective ways of answering the question of how to live well. How, in light of these tendencies, can humankind be saved? Joshua Mitchell discusses the question in unprecedented depth by examining one of the great books of Western civilization. He draws us beyond the ancients/moderns debate, and beyond the notion that Plato's Republic is best understood as shedding light on the promise of discursive democracy. Instead, Mitchell argues, the question that ought to preoccupy us today is neither "reason" nor "discourse," but rather "imitation." To what extent is man first and foremost an "imitative" being? This, Mitchell asserts, is the subtext of the great political and foreign policy debates of our times. "Plato's Fable" is not simply a work of textual exegisis. It is an attempt to move debates within political theory beyond their current location.

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