Faculty Book: John R. Wallach
John R. Wallach
The Platonic Political Art: A Study of Critical Reason and Democracy
(Penn State University Press, 2001; 468 pp.)
Wallach offers a “critical historicist” interpretation of Plato, showing how Plato’s theory, while a radical critique of the conventional ethical and political practice of his own era, has the potential to contribute to democratic discourse about ethics and politics today. He argues that Plato articulates and “solves” his Socratic problem in his various dialogues in different but potentially complementary ways. The book effectively extracts Plato from the straitjacket of Platonism and from the interpretive perspectives of the past fifty years—principally those of Karl Popper, Leo Strauss, Hannah Arendt, M. I. Finley, Jacques Derrida, and Gregory Vlastos. John R. Wallach (Prof., Hunter) is on the doctoral faculty in political science.
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Submitted on: FEB 1, 2001