A. J. Bartlett

in Badiou and Plato

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643752
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652655 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the issue of state in Plato's dialogues. It argues that regardless of the chronology of the dialogues it can be said that the entire effort of the Platonic corpus consists of Plato drawing a diagonal line so to speak from the foundational dialogue the Apology to the ideal city of the Republic. It discusses view that in the context of ‘historical situations’ what constitutes their state is the knowledge which determines the order, rule and distribution of the elements or inhabitants that are present in this situation. It suggests that the state form of Athens is sophistry and describes the essential features of the sophistic state.

Keywords: state; Plato's dialogues; Platonic corpus; foundational dialogue; Apology; Republic; sophistry; sophistic state; Athens

Chapter.  18420 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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