Every year is a good year to read Plato. As a scholar of, and writer on, Plato, I have a collection of articles and essays restoring Plato the political philosopher to his rightful place of prominence. In The Politics of Plato, I take you through a concise yet equally deep dive into the major dialogues with culminating chapters on The Crito and The Republic. The collection addresses why Plato was, and remains, first and foremost, a political philosopher even though later Neoplatonists and Christians allegorized Plato’s teaching and turned him into a metaphysician, epistemologist, and quasi-mystic. While he does have metaphysical, epistemological, even spiritual implications, those are secondary to his concern with the political.
If you ever wanted a deeper dive into Plato that is also accessible and written for the common reader, The Politics of Plato can be your guide for a journey with the West’s greatest philosopher.
Hesiod, Paul Krause in real life, is the editor of VoegelinView and a writer on art, culture, literature, politics, and religion for numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the author of The Odyssey of Love and the Politics of Plato, and a contributor to the College Lecture Today and the forthcoming book Diseases, Disasters, and Political Theory. He holds master’s degrees in philosophy and theology (biblical & religious studies) from the University of Buckingham and Yale, and a bachelor’s degree in economics, history, and philosophy from Baldwin Wallace University.
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