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Philosopher-Kings: The Argument of Plato's Republic
by C.D.C. Reeve
Philosopher-Kings broke new ground on its first appearance by delivering to an audience accustomed to looking for flaws in Plato's thinking an interpretation of the Republic that celebrates the coherence of Plato's argument as it ramifies through every cranny of that controversial work. Reeve's book swiftly became a classic of Platonic scholarship and has never lost its gr ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 15th 2006 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
(first published 1988)
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This is a very powerful defense of the dialogue's coherence. Some of Reeve's claims are quite unorthodox, but his arguments for them generally strike me as compelling. Ultimately, only further engagement with the primary text will enable me to decide, and it's that toward which the book impels me.