Notes on Contributors vii
Editor's Introduction 1
1 The Literary and Philosophical Style of the Republic 7
2 Allegory and Myth in Plato's Republic 25
3 Socrates' Refutation of Thrasymachus 44
4 Plato's Challenge: the Case against Justice in Republic II 63
5 The Gods and Piety of Plato's Republic 84
Mark L. McPherran
6 Plato on Learning to Love Beauty 104
Gabriel Richardson Lear
7 Methods of Reasoning about Justice in Plato's Republic 125
8 The Analysis of the Soul in Plato's Republic 146
9 The Divided Soul and the Desire for Good in Plato's Republic 166
10 Plato and the Ship of State 189
11 Knowledge, Recollection, and the Forms in Republic VII 214
Michael T. Ferejohn
12 The Forms in the Republic 234
13 Plato's Defense of Justice in the Republic 263
Rachel G. K. Singpurwalla
General Bibliography 283
This is a splendid collection of essays. The contributors are not content with rehashing old material but demonstrate how it is still possible to engage with the Republic in new and philosophically stimulating ways. It provides a first-rate guide both to the Republic itself and to some of the most exciting developments in its interpretation. R F Stalley, University of Glasgow
"This is a valuable collection. We should be grateful to Gerasimos Santas, and to each of the contributors to this volume, for the new light they have shed on Plato's masterpiece." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
- This guide to Plato’s Republic is designed to help readers understand this foundational work of the Western canon.
- Comprises thirteen new essays written by both established scholars and younger researchers.
- Sheds new light on many central features and themes of the Republic.
- Covers the literary and philosophical style of the Republic; Plato’s theories of justice and knowledge; his educational theories; and his treatment of the divine.
- Will be of interest to readers who are new to the Republic, and those who already have some familiarity with the book.