Why Plato Wrote (Blackwell-Bristol Lectures on Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition)

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Why Plato Wrote argues that Plato was not only the world’s first systematic political philosopher, but also the western world’s first think–tank activist and message man.

  • Shows that Plato wrote to change Athenian society and thereby transform Athenian politics
  • Offers accessible discussions of Plato’s philosophy of language and political theory
  • Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2011

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“In this groundbreaking book Danielle Allen gives us Plato for the 21st century: a boldly pragmatic and fiercely political philosopher, a ‘legislator of the world’ whose vivid writing reframed the moral practices of real communities, a provocative and successful linguistic entrepreneur whose Socratic dialogues sparked a culture war that defined Athenian politics in the Age of Alexander. Compelling reading for anyone who cares passionately about philosophy, politics, or classical Greece.”
Josiah Ober, Stanford University

“Why Plato Wrote is a deep and original work of scholarship, a model of how the history of political philosophy should be studied, and a pleasure to read.”
Richard Kraut, Northwestern University

“Allen finds Plato to have invented himself as a writer in order to use language as a route to social change.  The simple question ′why Plato wrote′ unlocks a key to Plato′s political thought which no future scholar will be able to do without.”
Melissa Lane, Princeton University

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Why Plato Wrote is the first book to be published in the prestigious Blackwell Bristol Lecture Series in Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition. In this thought–provoking text Danielle Allen eloquently argues that Plato wrote to change Athenian culture and thereby transform Athenian politics. She makes the case that Plato was not only the world’s first systematic political philosopher, but also the western world’s first think–tank activist and message man.

Allen contends that the roles of philosopher and message man were not mutually exclusive, and that Plato’s pursuit of language as a vehicle for affecting cultural norms was grounded in his philosophy of language. Why Plato Wrote is a lucid and engaging commentary on Plato’s philosophy of language and its relation to his political theory.

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