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

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 08/11/2018
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The problem of tyranny preoccupied Plato, and its discussion both begins and ends his famous Republic. Though philosophers have mined the Republic for millennia, Cinzia Arruzza is the first to devote a full book to the study of tyranny and of the tyrant's soul in Plato's Republic. In A Wolf in the City, Arruzza argues that Plato's critique of tyranny intervenes in an ancient debate concerning the sources of the crisis of Athenian democracy and the relation between political leaders and demos in the last decades of the fifth century BCE. Arruzza shows that Plato's critique of tyranny should not be taken as veiled criticism of the Syracusan tyrannical regime, but rather of Athenian democracy. In parsing Plato's discussion of the soul of the tyrant, Arruzza will also offer new and innovative insights into his moral psychology, addressing much-debated problems such as the nature of eros and of the spirited part of the soul, the unity or disunity of the soul, and the relation between the non-rational parts of the soul and reason.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190678852
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 218 x 149 x 26 mm


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a fine and entirely commendable book on Plato's Republic. It provokes many questions and thoughts in interpreting Plato's political philosophy from a refreshingly new angle. * Jakub Jirsa, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
In sum, this is an excellent book. It feels genuinely original and fresh. Its main claims are based on meticulous analysis of the relevant texts. Relevant scholarly literature is closely engaged, and yet, thankfully, such engagement does not bog down the discussion. The writing is crisp and clear, and the argument moves briskly. The book can safely be recommended to anyone interested in Plato's Republic, his political philosophy, his moral psychology, or classical political thought more generally. * Mark A. Johnstone, Journal of the History of Philosophy *
In her analysis of the textual details of theRepublic, Arruzza's work is masterful. She carefully handles everything from the historical minutiae of aristocratic clubs, to analyses of Plato's biological and animal metaphors. * Philosophical Quarterly *
[The book] is major contribution to scholarship. Its detailed analysis of the psychological condition of the tyrant is the fullest and best treatment we have of this subject. Its setting of Plato's portrait into its literary and political context is equally impressive and valuable. It is a book that should be read by every scholar and student of Plato's moral and political philosophy. * Richard Kraut, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
Summing up: Recommended * CHOICE *

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