Why Plato Now?

Adriaan T. Peperzak

in The Quest for Meaning

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222773
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235810 | DOI:
Why Plato Now?

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This chapter examines the political views and experiences of Greek philosopher Plato. In his Seventh Letter, Plato stated his political ambitions in Athens as a young man. He participated briefly but was disappointed by the failure of the new regime to transform the unjust polis into a community based on justice and internal peace. His third dramatic experience with politicians and politics occurred during his visits to Dionysius, the absolute monarch of Syracuse in Sicily. As an antidote to the tyrannical power of the prevailing culture Plato, like other philosophers, appealed to eloquence, literature, arts and sciences, mythology and religion to convince his fellow citizens that purification demands philosophy.

Keywords: Plato; politics; philosophy; Dionysius; purification; justice; tyrannical government

Chapter.  4147 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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