Much has been written about the interpretation of Plato in the last thirty years. Once interpreted as a revolutionary of the left, and a prophet of Socialism, he has lately been interpreted as a revolutionary of the Right and a forerunner of Fascism. In this book Plato appears as himself – a revolutionary indeed, and even an authoritarian, but a revolutionary of the pure idea of the Good, and an authoritarian of the pure reason, unattached either to the Right or the Left.
Table of Contents
1. The Greek Theory of the State 2. The Greek State 3. Political Thought Before The Sophists 4. The Political Theory of the Sophists 5 Socrates and the Minor Socratics 6. Plato and the Platonic Dialogue 7. The Earlier Dialogues of Plato 8. The Republic and its Theory of Justice 9. The Republic and Its Theory of Education 10. The Republic and Its Theory of Communism 11. Plato and the States of Greece 12. The Politicus. 13. The Laws and Its General Theory of the State 14. The System of Social Relations in the Laws 15. The System of Government in the Laws 16. The Laws and Its Theory of Law 17. The Theory of Education in the Laws Appendix The Later History of Plato’s Political Theory. Index