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On Plato's Phaedrus: Politics beyond the city walls

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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.

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

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Published date: 2005

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Local EPrints ID: 35041
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35041
ISSN: 0142-257X
PURE UUID: fcc635f3-b3d1-4ef0-9a96-1c5275643f41

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Date deposited: 15 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:48

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