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Plato's Republic as a Philosophical Drama on Doing Well

by Ivor Ludlam Lexington Books (October 30, 2014)

Plato's Republic as a Philosophical Drama on Doing Well reimagines the central theme of Plato's foundational work through an interpretation of its characters as paradigms of the apparent good. Focusing attention...


The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium

by Michael Marder & Mathilde Roussel Columbia University Press (November 04, 2014)

Despite their conceptual allergy to vegetal life, philosophers have used germination, growth, blossoming, fruition, reproduction, and decay as illustrations of abstract concepts; mentioned plants in passing...


Comic Cure for Delusional Democracy: Plato's Republic

by Gene Fendt Lexington Books (July 16, 2014)

In this book, author Gene Fendt shows how Plato's Republic provides a liturgical purification for the political and psychic delusions of readers, even as Socrates provides the same for his interlocutors at the...


The Philosopher's Song: The Poets' Influence on Plato

by Kevin M. Crotty Lexington Books (December 29, 2009)

The Philosopher's Song explores the complex and fruitful relation between the great poets of Greek culture and Plato's invention of philosophy, especially as this bears on Plato's treatment of justice. The author...


Plato's Theory of Knowledge: The Theaetetus and the Sophist

by Plato & Francis M. Cornford Dover Publications (January 25, 2013)

Two masterpieces of Plato's later period. The Theaetetus offers a systematic treatment of the question "What is knowledge?" The Sophist follows Socrates' cross-examination of a self-proclaimed true philosopher....


Six Great Dialogues: Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Symposium, The Republic

by Plato & Benjamin Jowett Dover Publications (March 07, 2012)

Plato's Dialogues rank among Western civilization's most important and influential philosophical works. These 6 selections of his major works explore a broad range of enduringly relevant issues. Authoritative...


The Consolation of Philosophy

by Boethius Dover Publications (February 03, 2012)

Landmark of medieval Western thought written by a 6th-century Roman statesman and philosopher awaiting execution. How to achieve and maintain spiritual peace amid life's inevitable pain.


Symposium and Phaedrus

by Plato Dover Publications (February 16, 2012)

Two important dialogues offer crucial insights into Platonic doctrine. Symposium deals with ultimate manifestation of love, eternal beauty. Phaedrus discusses psychology of love, "forms" as objects of transcendental...


The Birth of Tragedy

by Friedrich Nietzsche Dover Publications (February 02, 2012)

Philosopher's classic study declares that Greek tragedy achieved greatness through a fusion of elements of Apollonian restraint and control with Dionysian components of passion and the irrational.


The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues

by Plato Dover Publications (February 02, 2012)

Among the most important and influential philosophical works in Western thought: the dialogues entitled Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo. Translations by distinguished classical scholar Benjamin Jowett.


Cosmological Aesthetics through the Kantian Sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian

by Erman Kaplama UPA (December 12, 2013)

Comparing the Kantian sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian, Erman Kaplama introduces two new principles to philosophy of art: transition and motion. Drawing on the Heraclitean logos and phusis, he explores the...


Hegel and Greek Tragedy

by Martin Thibodeau Lexington Books (December 13, 2012)

The present study is dedicated to the different interpretations of Greek tragedy proposed in the writing of G.W.F. Hegel. It explicates how and in what sense Hegel’s investigation in tragedy parallels the...


The Role Ethics of Epictetus: Stoicism in Ordinary Life

by Brian E. Johnson Lexington Books (December 04, 2013)

The Role Ethics of Epictetus:Stoicism in Ordinary Life offers an original interpretation of Epictetus’s ethics and how he bases his ethics on an appeal to our roles in life. Epictetus's role theory is a complete...


Human Works, Absent Words: Law, Man, and God in Some Classical Philosophers

by Christopher Berry Gray UPA (November 26, 2013)

What is said can be understood only when seen in the context of what is not said. Many ancient and medieval philosophers use this dynamic of presence and absence. Gray shows how each author amplifies meaning...


Historical Dictionary of Ancient Greek Philosophy

by Anthony Preus Scarecrow Press (July 25, 2007)

The ancient Greeks were not only the founders of western philosophy, but the actual term 'philosophy' is Greek in origin, most likely dating back to the late sixth century BC. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras,...


Aristotle on the Necessity of Public Education

by Randall R. Curren Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 22, 2000)

Aristotle regarded law and education as the two fundamental and deeply interdependent tools of political art, making the use of education by the statesman a topic of the first importance in his practical philosophy....


The Iroquois and the Athenians: A Political Ontology

by Brian Seitz & Thomas Thorp Lexington Books (August 15, 2013)

An original work of political theory, The Iroquois and the Athenians relocates the problem of political foundations and origins, removing it from the dead logic of the social contract and grafting it onto a...


Socratic Philosophy and Its Others

by Denise Schaeffer & Christopher Dustin Lexington Books (May 28, 2013)

Engaging a broad range of Platonic dialogues, this collection of essays by distinguished scholars in political theory and philosophy explores the relation of Socratic philosophizing to those activities with...


Disguise and Recognition in the Odyssey

by Sheila Murnaghan Lexington Books (June 24, 2011)

This book is a comprehensive study of the Odyssey's plot, which shows how the motifs of disguise and recognition are used to articulate the central values of Homeric society. The story of Odysseus' homecoming...


Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito: Critical Essays

by Rachana Kamtekar, Donald Morrison, P T. Geach & S Marc Cohen et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 26, 2004)

Plato's Euthyrphro, Apology, andCrito portray Socrates' words and deeds during his trial for disbelieving in the Gods of Athens and corrupting the Athenian youth, and constitute a defense of the man Socrates...


The First Great Political Realist: Kautilya and His Arthashastra

by Roger Boesche Lexington Books (August 06, 2002)

The First Great Political Realist is a succinct and penetrating analysis of one of the ancient world's foremost political realists, Kautilya. Kautilya's treatise Arthashastra stands as one of the great political...


Exploring Personhood: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Nature

by O. P. Torchia Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 23, 2007)

This book explores the metaphysical underpinnings of theories of human nature, personhood, and the self. The coverage of the work is broad in scope, moving from the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism, critically...


Breaking with Athens: Alfarabi as Founder

by Christopher A. Colmo Lexington Books (March 28, 2005)

This unique interpretation of Alfarabi's thought stresses the ways in which the tenth-century Arab philosopher self-consciously broke the metaphysical tradition that began with Plato. By examining Alfarabi's...


Karl Marx and the Future of the Human

by Cyril Smith Lexington Books (February 01, 2005)

Cyril Smith shows that Marx developed a far richer and liberatory vision of humanity and the alternative to capital than that which has characterized his followers, and he makes a powerful argument that it is...


A Comparative Study of the Origins of Ethical Thought: Hellenism and Hebraism

by Seizo Sekine & Judy Wakabayashi Sheed & Ward (January 20, 2005)

Provides an in-depth analysis of the differences between the Greek and Hebrew philosophies and religions while exaimining the consequences of both the Hellenic and Hebrew ethics codes.


Classical Christianity and the Political Order: Reflections on the Theologico-Political Problem

by Father Ernest L. Fortin, Brian J. Benestad & Daniel J. Mahoney Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 21, 1996)

In Volume Two of Ernest Fortin: Collected Essays, Fortin deals with the relationship between religion and civil society in a Christian context: that of an essentially nonpolitical but by no means entirely otherwordly...


The Essential Greek and Roman Anthology

by Virgil eBookIt.com (July 16, 2013)

The Essential Greek and Roman Anthology:

The Aeneid- Virgil

Meditations- Marcus Aurelius

Of The Nature of Things- Lucretius

Plato's Republic

Alcestis- Euripides

The Electra of Euripides

Hippolytus/The Bacchae-...


Madness Triumphant: A Reading of Lucan's Pharsalia

by Lee Fratantuono Lexington Books (June 28, 2012)

Madness Triumphant: A Reading of Lucan’s Pharsalia offers the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of Lucan’s epic poem of the civil war between Caesar and Pompey to have appeared in English. In the...


The Lesser Good: The Problem of Justice in Plato and Levinas

by Wendy C. Hamblet Lexington Books (January 16, 2009)

The Lesser Good represents a timely meditation on the incapacity of mere laws and state politics to adequately address the ethical exigencies that arise in human life. Through the philosophies of Plato and post-Holocaust...


Plato's Socrates as Narrator: A Philosophical Muse

by Anne-Marie Schultz Lexington Books (May 10, 2013)

This book explores five Platonic dialogues: Lysis, Charmides, Protagoras, Euthydemus, and the Republic. This book uses Socrates’ narrative commentary as its primary interpretive framework. No one has engaged...


Socratic Charis: Philosophy without the Agon

by Lisa Atwood Wilkinson Lexington Books (February 01, 2013)

This work offers an evaluation of Plato’s portrayal of “Socrates” in relation to models of the ancient Greek “agon”, oral poetic performance, and the practices of “xenia”. The author reinterprets...


Dramatic Action in Greek Tragedy and Noh: Reading with and beyond Aristotle

by Mae J. Smethurst Lexington Books (February 01, 2013)

By looking at 15th/16th realistic noh and Greek tragedies through the lens of Aristotle and of each other, this comparison reveals a previously unnoticed relationship between the structure of the tragedies and...


Roman Philosophy and the Good Life

by Raymond Angelo Belliotti Lexington Books (August 15, 2009)

Raymond Angelo Belliotti's Roman Philosophy and the Good Life provides an accessible picture of these major philosophical influences in Rome and details the crucial role they played during times of major social...


Marcus Aurelius in the Historia Augusta and Beyond

by Geoff W. Adams Lexington Books (December 22, 2012)

This book will be of interest to any person, whether an interested party, student, or scholar of the Roman Empire. It highlights the way in which we should consider ancient figures—be they good or bad.


Plato's Laws: Force and Truth in Politics

by Edited by Gregory Recco and Eric Sanday Indiana University Press (February 18, 2013)

Readers of Plato have often neglected the Laws because of its length and density. In this set of interpretive essays, notable scholars of the Laws from the fields of classics, history, philosophy, and political...


LoveKnowledge: The Life of Philosophy from Socrates to Derrida

by Roy Brand Columbia University Press (November 27, 2012)

Since its inception, philosophy has struggled to perfect individual understanding through discussion and dialogue based in personal, poetic, or dramatic investigation. The positions of such philosophers as Socrates,...


Apologizing for Socrates: How Plato and Xenophon Created Our Socrates

by Gabriel Danzig Lexington Books (July 10, 2012)

Apologizing for Socrates places some of the Platonic and Xenophontic writings in the context of contemporary controversies over Socrates, providing a perspective in which many of the philosophic and literary...


How to Be an Epicurean

by Catherine Wilson Basic Books (September 23, 2019)

A leading philosopher shows that if the pursuit of happiness is the question, Epicureanism is the answer

Epicureanism has a reputation problem, bringing to mind gluttons with gout or an admonition to eat, drink,...


The Happiness Hypothesis

by Jonathan Haidt Basic Books (December 25, 2006)

Jonathan Haidt skillfully combines two genres-philosophical wisdom and scientific research-delighting the reader with surprising insights. He explains, for example, why we have such difficulty controlling ourselves...


How to Be a Stoic

by Massimo Pigliucci Basic Books (May 08, 2017)

In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life, a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish today

Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy,...


Athens Victorious: Democracy in Plato's Republic

by Greg Recco Lexington Books (January 17, 2008)

Athens Victorious examines the notion of freedom in Plato's Republic, the proper understanding of which the author argues is essential for understanding the dialogue's ultimate political message. A close, thorough,...


An Unconventional History of Western Philosophy: Conversations Between Men and Women Philosophers

by Karen J. Warren Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 16, 2008)

This is a unique, groundbreaking study in the history of philosophy, combining leading men and women philosophers across 2600 years of Western philosophy, covering key foundational topics, including epistemology,...


Axiogenesis: An Essay in Metaphysical Optimalism

by Nicholas Rescher Lexington Books (August 20, 2010)

Axiogenesis is an innovative philosophical work that dares to answer the question of the ultimate reason is behind the world's existence and nature. Despite drawing on various strands of neo-Platonic thought,...


Confucian Pragmatism as the Art of Contextualizing Personal Experience and World

by Haiming Wen Lexington Books (April 16, 2009)

This engaging work of comparative philosophy puts the Chinese and American philosophical traditions into a mutually informative and transformative philosophical dialogue on the way to developing a new form of...


Mystery in Philosophy: An Invocation of Pseudo-Dionysius

by Michael Craig Rhodes Lexington Books (August 25, 2012)

The book’s subject matter is philosophical mystery. More particularly, it proffers a theistic hermeneutic—from patristic philosophy—for claims and indications of mystery.


Plato's Podcasts

by Mark Vernon Oneworld Publications (October 01, 2013)

Use Ancient Wisdom to revitalise your life!

Do you ever get the feeling that something went wrong? What with credit crunches, wars, congestion charges, and unemployment, it is natural to hark back to less complicated...


Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian

by Paul F. Knitter Oneworld Academic (January 01, 2013)

An honest, unflinching tale of re-finding one's faith, from one of the world's most famous theologians

Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian narrates how esteemed theologian, Paul F. Knitter overcame a crisis...


Ethics 101

by Brian Boone & Fred Sanders Simon & Schuster Audio (November 07, 2017)

Explore the mysteries of morality and the concept of right and wrong with this accessible, engaging guide featuring basic facts along with an overview of modern-day issues ranging from business ethics and bioethics...


A Handbook for New Stoics

Maimonides and Medieval Jewish Philosophy

by Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Lynn Redgrave, John Lachs & Wendy McElroy et al. Knowledge Products (January 01, 2007)

From Philo of Judea to Maimonides and beyond, Medieval Jewish philosophy created an outstanding, unbroken tradition. Jewish thinkers worked to square Biblical faith with the demands of reason; their efforts...