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Philosopher‐Kings and Queens

Dominic J. O’Meara

in Platonopolis: Platonic Political Philosophy in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199285532
eISBN:
9780191717819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285532.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter explores the reasons why a philosopher should take an interest in political life, as these reasons were discussed by Neoplatonists: the motivation derives from sharing in the absolute ... More


7 The Politics of Fear: Idolatry and Superstition in Maimonides and Spinoza

Daniel H. Frank

in Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199583157
eISBN:
9780191728952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583157.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides a comparative analysis of Maimonides and Spinoza on idolatry and superstition, mental states that tend both to undermine political stability and to detract from the possibility ... More


Voices of Consent: Imperial Rhetoricians, Theatra and Patronage

Florin Leonte

in Imperial Visions of Late Byzantium: Manuel II Palaiologos and Rhetoric in Purple

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474441032
eISBN:
9781474480666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441032.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The chapter argues that, unlike the ecclesiastics, the rhetoricians maintained the idea of the ruler’s omnipotence. To a certain extent, their attachment to Manuel II Palaiologos and to the imperial ... More


Platonic Political Philosophy: “Ministerial Poetry”

Laurence Lampert

in The Enduring Importance of Leo Strauss

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226039480
eISBN:
9780226039510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226039510.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The chapter “Platonic Political Philosophy: ‘Ministerial Poetry’” deals with Strauss’s important essay, “On Plato’s Republic.” It shows how Strauss describes Platonism generally as “ministerial ... More


From the Cradle to the Cave: What Happened to Self-Knowledge in the Republic?

Mary Margaret McCabe

in Platonic Conversations

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780198732884
eISBN:
9780191796906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732884.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

In the Republic two odd passages, one in Book 7 and the other in Book 10, invite us to think about self-perception and its paradoxes. The situation of the prisoner in the cave, whose view of himself ... More


The Schopenhauer Legacy

Frederick C. Beiser

in Weltschmerz: Pessimism in German Philosophy, 1860–1900

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198768715
eISBN:
9780191822070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768715.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter treats the influence of Schopenhauer’s philosophy after 1860. It is argued that this influence should be measured not only by the individual thinkers he affected, as hitherto, but more ... More


From the Cradle to the Cave: What Happened to Self-Knowledge in the Republic?

Mary Margaret McCabe

in Self-Knowledge in Ancient Philosophy: The Eighth Keeling Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198786061
eISBN:
9780191889271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786061.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

In the Republic two odd passages, one in Book 7 and the other in Book 10, invite us to think about self-perception and its paradoxes. The situation of the prisoner in the cave, whose view of himself ... More


Clever Villains: The Tyrant’s Reason

Cinzia Arruzza

in A Wolf in the City: Tyranny and the Tyrant in Plato's Republic

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190678852
eISBN:
9780190678883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190678852.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter addresses the role of the tyrannical man’s rational part. Based on the discussion in Book VI of the Republic concerning the danger for the city represented by corrupted philosophical ... More


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