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Plato Rediscovered: Human Value and Social Order - Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy (Paperback)
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Plato Rediscovered: Human Value and Social Order - Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy (Paperback)

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Paperback 394 Pages / Published: 30/11/1995
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What is the nature of norms and values for the constitution of human society and culture? In this groundbreaking work, T. K. Seung shows that this was the ultimate question for Plato throughout his life, and that he gave not one but two answers, thus twice inventing political philosophy as the science of all sciences. Providing a thematically unified interpretation of his dialogues on the grand scale, Seung retraces Plato's journey of invention. Plato Rediscovered extends the project Seung began in Intuition and Construction (1993) and Kant's Platonic Revolution (1994). A work that will radically alter our understanding of the philosopher.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847681129
Number of pages: 394
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 232 x 144 x 19 mm


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. . . dramatically new accounts of central aspects of Plato's thought. -- George Klosko, University of Virginia
. . . an invitation to those in the social sciences to take Plato more seriously. * Phronesis *
It is not necessary to agree with Professor Seung to be stimulated by his keen intelligence and lively imagination. This book is controversial in the best sense of the term: it forces us to rethink Plato. -- Stanley Rosen, University of Southern California
A breath of fresh air in the study of Plato, this highly original book weaves together themes from virtually all of Plato's work. Seung rightly finds Plato's career a journey in which the Republic represents an early stage, and less-known later dialogues are the summit of his achievement in political philosophy. This is Plato for thinkers of our own time to appreciate, not as a stratum in the archaeology of European thought, but as its most brilliant political thinker. Only a political philosopher of Seung's range could have brought out the main issues so clearly. -- Paul Woodruff, University of Texas, Austin
In this book, T. K. Seung shows the continuing relevance of Plato's philosophy to our own time. Seung's theory of platonic constructivism, derived not from the Republic but from the late dialogues, is an admirable challenge to non-cognitivist ethics and theories of cultural relativism. His argument that transcendent values are necessary preconditions for the construction of our positive cultural norms has great significance for contemporary debates in Philosophy, political theory, and law. -- J. M. Balkin, Yale Law School
No review this short can do justice to the wealth of challenging claims in this book . . . Recommended for libraries serving graduate programs in philosophy and political theory. Upper-division undergraduate; graduate; faculty. * CHOICE *
The argument of this book is subtle and sustained. It is a scholarly tour de force. * Canadian Journal of Political Science *

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