The scope of Plato's Utopia Recast is inevitably broader than its subtitle might by itself suggest. Bobonich (henceforth 'B') has to discuss exactly. Plato's Utopia Recast: His Later Ethics and Politics. Christopher Bobonich. Abstract. Argues that Plato in his middle period (roughly at the time of the Phaedo and. "Bobonich's discussion is rich and dense, and it covers an extremely wide range of topics. Since his interpretation is supported by careful exegesis of many texts.


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His controversial moral and political theory, so influential in Western thought, will henceforth be seen in a new light.

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Since his interpretation is supported by careful exegesis bobonich platos utopia recast many texts and by keen philosophical argument, the result is a book of exceptional importance for our understanding of Plato's work It is also a major contribution to our understanding of the philosophy of mind and metaphysics of value in Plato's later dialogues.

The central thesis of this extensive work is that the Laws reveals a degree of optimism about the prospects for non-philosophers in attaining virtue and happiness not found in dialogues bobonich platos utopia recast the middle period.

Specifically, Bobonich describes this development in terms of four claims that he thinks Plato denies in the Phaedo and Republic but later affirms in the Laws: Bobonich devotes most of the bobonich platos utopia recast chapter to describing Plato's pessimism about non-philosophers in the middle period.

The cause for this pessimism is both epistemic and psychological.

In the Phaedo, non-philosophers are incapable of knowing what is genuinely valuable. Failure to grasp non-sensible value properties means that in non-philosophers, reason simply takes over the ends defined by bodily impulses. This general proposal about the relationship between Laws and other later dialogues looks not only interesting but perfectly plausible — and distinctly more attractive than the idea that the Laws is evidence of a prolonged, tired, and morose bobonich platos utopia recast age.


The basic question B asks is this for reasons of brevity, I put it rather bobonich platos utopia recast circumspectly than does B himself: In any case, Bobonich platos utopia recast passes directly on to the Laws at this point: Small wonder that agents constituted like this, and without Philosophy on hand to succour them, should be in terminal trouble.

A lower part limited to perception understood in this way could not possibly play the end-setting role that the lower parts did in the Republic, and we would have to appeal to more than perception to explain why items e.

Perhaps, at most, we might have impulses for, e.

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