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First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea

Paul Woodruff

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195304541
eISBN:
9780199850747
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304541.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Americans have an unwavering faith in democracy and are ever eager to import it to nations around the world. But how democratic is our own “democracy”? If you can vote, if the majority rules, if you ... More


Equal Sticks and Stones *

David Sedley

in Maieusis: Essays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199289974
eISBN:
9780191711008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289974.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The chapter takes the form of a commentary on Plato, Phaedo 74a9-c6. This passage is the centrepiece of Socrates' main argument for Recollection, based on the example of seeing equal sticks or stones ... More


Natural Equality

Paul Woodruff

in First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195304541
eISBN:
9780199850747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304541.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Greek philosophers saw significance in human equality—rich or poor, Asian or Greeks, men and women—believing them all to belong to the same species. Homer was not a democrat, but through his stories ... More


The Role Of Women In Plato’s Republic

C. C. W. Taylor

in Virtue and Happiness: Essays in Honour of Julia Annas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199646043
eISBN:
9780191743368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646043.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Republic V contains two revolutionary proposals for the social organisation of the ideal state, the first that the function of guardianship is to be performed by men and women ... More


Drama, Dogmatism, and the ‘Equals’ Argument in Plato’s Phaedo

David C. Lee

in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 44

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780199677887
eISBN:
9780191761157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677887.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Mainstream interpretations of the Phaedo take the dialogue to have a metaphysical theory at its core, primarily disagreeing on whether this theory is assumed without argument in the dialogue, or ... More


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