Le Politique Incertain

Pouvoir et Philosophie dans la République et les Lois

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  • Etienne Helmer University of Puerto Rico

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https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1981-9471.v12i2p23-42

Abstract

According to a current reading of Plato’s political philosophy, the Republic and the Laws propose a set of measures to remedy the evils of the cities. Among them, the alliance of power and philosophy is undoubtedly the most massive and famous. My claim is that such a reading fails to recognize that the functional centrality of the philosophy and the philosopher in Plato’s political thought goes hand in hand with their structural precariousness or uncertainty. As a result, Plato’s political philosophy in these two dialogues deals less with how to found a just city than with the uncertainty of politics itself - politics understood here as the institutional space arranged for the optimal development of the human being.

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2018-11-29

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Helmer, E. (2018). Le Politique Incertain: Pouvoir et Philosophie dans la République et les Lois. Journal of Ancient Philosophy, 12(2), 23-42. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1981-9471.v12i2p23-42

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