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Montesquieu’s Opposition to Plato’s Belles Idées and Their Diffusion

Vickie B. Sullivan

in Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of Europe: An Interpretation of "The Spirit of the Laws"

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226482910
eISBN:
9780226483078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226483078.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Montesquieu’s comments on the political works of Plato, The Republic and The Laws, in The Spirit of the Laws reveal that the Frenchman considers the Athenian philosopher to have been a legislator who ... More


The Idea of a Planned World: H. G. Wells’s Utopias

Simon J. James

in Maps of Utopia: H. G. Wells, Modernity and the End of Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199606597
eISBN:
9780191738517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606597.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Wells’s utopian writing articulates his ideas towards the planning of the society of the future at their most explicit. Utopia is a literary genre with a dialectical relationship to reality: Wells ... More


Creon's Ghost: Law, Justice, and the Humanities

Joseph Tomain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195333411
eISBN:
9780199868841
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333411.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This book examines the enduring problem of the relationship between man's law and a “higher” law from the perspective of core humanities texts and through discussion of hotly debated contemporary ... More


Setting the Stage: A World of Caves

Rebecca LeMoine

in Plato's Caves: The Liberating Sting of Cultural Diversity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780190936983
eISBN:
9780190937010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190936983.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

Most readers of Plato are familiar with the cave allegory, which compares human beings to prisoners in a cave whose only notion of reality consists of shadows they see projected on the wall. Building ... More


Understanding Epistēmē in Plato’s Republic

Whitney Schwab

in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 51

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780198795797
eISBN:
9780191836855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795797.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This paper reconstructs the conception of epistēmē advanced in Plato’s Republic and defends the claim that epistēmē of perceptibles is impossible from two long-standing objections: that it is ... More


The Panharmonic Music of the Piraeus: Diversity, Democracy, and Philosophy in the Republic

Rebecca LeMoine

in Plato's Caves: The Liberating Sting of Cultural Diversity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780190936983
eISBN:
9780190937010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190936983.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter examines the treatment of foreigners in Plato’s Republic. It argues that by giving the dialogue a diverse setting and cast of characters, Plato indicates the importance of cross-cultural ... More


Wilde’s New Republic: Platonic Questions in

Marylu Hill

in Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198789260
eISBN:
9780191831119
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198789260.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

As a result of his classical training in the Honours School of Literæ Humaniores at Oxford, Oscar Wilde drew frequently on the works of Plato for inspiration, especially the Republic. The idea of a ... More


Odysseus’ Changed Soul: A Contemporary Reading of the Myth of Er

Catherine Malabou

in Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474412094
eISBN:
9781474434966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412094.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Catherine Malabou’s “Odysseus’ Changed Soul: A Contemporary Reading of the Myth of Er” examines the political and ontological meaning of Odysseus’ choice of a private life in the Myth of Er of Book X ... More


Plato and Moral Motivation

Iakovos Vasiliou

in Moral Motivation: A History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199316564
eISBN:
9780190496258
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199316564.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Plato discusses crucial aspects of moral motivation, including why we ought to act morally, how to inculcate a motivation to be moral in people, and how and whether moral knowledge is by itself ... More


Paradise and the Cave

David Satran

in In the Image of Origen: Eros, Virtue, and Constraint in the Early Christian Academy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520291232
eISBN:
9780520965089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520291232.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter analyzes the final section of the Thanksgiving Address, an elaborate assembly of scriptural examples—the expulsion of Adam from Eden, Abraham’s departure from his homeland, the parable ... More


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