On Plato's Phaedrus: Politics beyond the city walls


Bentley, Russell (2005) On Plato's Phaedrus: Politics beyond the city walls. Polis: The Journal of the Society for Greek Political Thought, 22, (2), 230-248.

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This paper presents a political reading of the Phaedrus. It is argued that the dialogue's speeches on love describe types of political leadership and that, using the Socratic account of the statesman as someone who promotes moral improvement, political relations are not bound by institutions.

Political relations become those in which one person affects the moral development of another and, thus, political 'space' is between people, not in specific locations. As a result, this new kind of forum must affect the way we think of critical Socratic citizenship.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0142-257X (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 35041
Date Deposited: 15 May 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:21
Contact Email Address: R.K.Bentley@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35041

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