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Plato as a Critical Theorist

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2018.10.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jonny Thakkar, Plato as a Critical Theorist, Harvard University Press, 2018, 373pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674971769. Reviewed by Federico Zuolo, University of Genoa Is there anything new to be said about Plato's Republic? Is it possible to distill some original and timely contribution from a work that has had such a profound influence on Western philosophy since its very inception? In this light, any new study of Plato's Republic will seem like an audacious and daunting enterprise. The greatest merit of Thakkar's book is that it proposes an interpretation of Plato's Republic that is original in both exegetical and theoretical terms. Indeed, Thakkar aims to provide contemporary thought, and in particular -- although not only -- contemporary political theory, with a whole Platonic perspective on the role of ideals, on what we can demand of citizens and of public philosophy.

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