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Summoning Knowledge in Plato's Republic

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2020.04.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nicholas D. Smith, Summoning Knowledge in Plato's Republic, Oxford University Press, 2019, 205pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198842835. Reviewed by Raphael Woolf, King's College London Although not mentioned in the title, I think it is fair to say that the main focus of Nicholas D. Smith’s book is Plato’s use of images in the Republic, in terms both of that work’s theorizing about the role of images and its use of images as vehicles for theorizing. Smith is particularly interested in how images are used in the Republic as educational tools, and specifically, in their ability to ‘summon’ the souls of its readers (as, Smith argues, Socrates likewise employs images with his interlocutors) away from the perceptible world towards an apprehension of the intelligible. Given that, as Smith emphasizes, Plato seems to recognize that images can be used in this way — here Smith focusses especially on the... Read More

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