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By Michael Palmer

ISBN-10: 0739102214

ISBN-13: 9780739102213

This selection of essays sheds gentle at the writings of prime figures within the historical past of political philosophy via exploring a nexus of questions bearing on mastery and slavery within the human soul. To this finish, Masters and Slaves elucidates archetypal human choices of their import for political lifestyles: the thinker and king; the sweetheart of knowledge and the sweetheart of glory; the king and the tyrant; and at last, the grasp and the slave. Palmer re-examines those principles as a framework for reaching a deeper realizing of the paintings of recognized thinkers―from the traditional to trendy times―including Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau. besides, the publication addresses differences among the "ancients" and the "moderns," and touches at the paintings of up to date theorists reminiscent of Leo Strauss, George Parkin furnish, and Allan Bloom.

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Pressed by Glaucon, Socrates uses yet another questionable procedure-the questionableness of which is widely remarked (Strauss, 105-8; Bloom, 373-74; Nichols, 88-91}-to establish that the city possesses the four virtues (they just 18 Chapter 2 "happen" to be the four cardinal virtues) of wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice. He suggests that they first find and factor out the three other virtues, and the fourth-the justice for which they have been searching from the beginningwill be the "remainder" of the city's supposed perfect goodness (427e-428a).

Strauss, 110-12; Brann, 42-43; Bloom, 392; Nichols, 134. 11. Jacob Klein, A Commentary on Plato's Meno (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1965): 112-25 (hereafter cited as Klein, followed by page references). 12. " 13. " All the more remarkable, then, that the image of the cave is silent about the gods. Putting the line and cave images together implies that "gods" exist only in the cave. 14. Yet Benardete, 172, insists that "Socrates goes out of his way to have the prisoners cast stationary shadows of themselves on the wall while watching moving shadows of images of themselves" (my emphasis); cf.

The paramount criterion that the rulers must care for the city (412d) leads Socrates to propound the "noble lie" (414b). While Socrates had previously asserted that they had completed their discussion of the models of education and rearing (412b), the "noble lie" is the very foundation of the education of the "auxiliary guardians" of their city, if not the "complete guardians" (414c). No one balks at the prospect of expounding the "noble lie" in the city; but Adeimantus, who wants the good life to be not only just but easy (364a), balks at the hard living conditions that will be imposed upon the auxiliary guardians (415d-417b).

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