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9780486813448

Sophist and Statesman Two Dialogues

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486813448

  • ISBN10:

    0486813444

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-02-15
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
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Summary

These two dialogues by the greatest of the ancient Greek philosophers explore a vital concern of a democratic society: how to define the special abilities and qualities that make a genuine statesman. They further examine the distinction between an authentic statesman and the sophist, an individual who pretends to be a statesman but lacks the essential knowledge, personal qualities, and philosophical outlook.
Written after Parmenides — in which the philosopher condemned his own theory of separate, immaterial forms — Sophist and Statesman are of special interest in terms of their reflection of Plato's conceptions of method and metaphysics. In addition, Statesman provides a transitional view of the author's political philosophy in the period between the Republic and the Laws. Together, the dialogues illuminate Plato's growing preoccupation with practical knowledge, offering a more informal and pragmatic approach than his earlier works. This edition features the acclaimed translations by Benjamin Jowett.

Author Biography

Plato (427–347 BC) ranks as the most important figure in the development of the Western philosophical tradition. His inexhaustible dialogues cover a wide range of philosophical questions and issues and are as enduringly alive and meaningful as they were 2,400 years ago.

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