Why Plato Wrote - eBook  -     By: Danielle S. Allen
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Wiley-Blackwell / 2011 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781444351910
ISBN-13: 9781444351910
Availability: In Stock
Series: Blackwell-Bristol Lectures on Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition

Author Bio

Danielle S. Allen is UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000) and Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004).

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“Packed with controversial theses, engagingly andintelligently written, iconoclastic – there’s not muchwrong with this book as a work of ancient philosophy.” (The Heythrop Journal, 4 September 2013)

"In her bold and richly absorbing study, Why Plato Wrote,Danielle S. Allen argues that the answer to why Plato wrote is alsothe answer to the relation between the Platonic dialogues andAthenian political life ... He may have elected not to enter thepolitical fray in Athens as ordinarily understood, but DanielleAllen shows with elegance and scholarship that he was indeed apoliticos, just as Diogenes Laertius claimed." (Times LiterarySupplement, 23 December 2011)

"I have learned much from this book. It demands that we connectPlato's writing to real life in his city. Even those who do notshare all its conclusions will be challenged by Allen's manyoriginal insights into how Plato used symbols to work on ourintellect, our preconceptual beliefs, and our emotions." (BrynMawr Classical Review, 21 November 2011)

"This extraordinary and scholarly book takes a fascinating newlook at Plato as politikos. It is a joy to read. Excellent notes,bibliography, and index. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-levelundergraduates through faculty/researchers." (Choice, 1 June2011)

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