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Situating Harry's Plato

Nina Levine and David Lee Miller

in A Touch More Rare

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230303
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241071 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823230303.003.0017
Situating Harry's Plato

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Harry Berger's published studies of Plato's dialogues are to be found in several articles written over a thirty-five-year period. Harry's Plato studies address many difficult and important themes, including time, authority, accountability, freedom, and representation, to name just a few. Most fully exemplified in Plato's figuration of Socrates, Plato's philosopher in Harry's portrayal is one for whom “transcendence does not sanction escaping from oneself and others but returning to them and staying with them.” Harry sees Plato's contempt for authoritarian politics of all kinds, including enforced commonality as it is depicted in the so-called utopian guardian polity in the Republic, including theocratic politics guided by revelation, as described in Plato's Laws, including polities where philosopher-kings rule, and also including distributions of political power based on birth, wealth, or tradition, which give legitimacy to those whose authority is owed to their status.

Keywords: Harry Berger; Plato; time; Republic; Laws; authority; accountability; freedom; representation

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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