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Plato's Critique of Impure Reason: On Goodness and Truth in the Republic 1 New Edition

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"In this wonderful new study of Plato's Republic, Schindler argues that the key to interpreting the dialogue lies in the twofold nature of goodness. . . . A lengthy introduction diagnoses the intellectual crisis of the postmodern academy and offers as the cure an epistemology that blends the absolute and the relative, such as Plato accomplishes in the Republic. Schindler's wide familiarity with Platonic scholarship is particularlyimpressive. . . . Highly recommended." ―Choice --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"With a rare combination of first-rate scholarship and exceptional clarity, Schindler addresses a contemporary crisis of thought that manifests itself in misological habits extending far beyond the academy. His beautifully crafted and deeply reflective articulation of the connection between goodness and intelligibility is more than a timely defense of reason: it is a major philosophical accomplishment."--Jacob Howland, McFarlin Professor of Philosophy, University of Tulsa

"Schindler's book is a welcome contribution to the new Platonism, demonstrating the interpenetration of argument and drama in the Republic holistically and in detail. His synthetic reading of the dialogue is based on close reading of the text and a wide knowledge of the history of Republic interpretation. He grounds his interpretation in thought-provoking views about broader questions, such as why Plato wrote dialogues, the historical versus the Platonic Socrates, the nature of philosophy, Socratic ignorance, and Platonic anonymity."--Gerald A. Press, Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center

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  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press; 1 New edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081321534X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813215341
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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This is a work that should become a classic. Plato's entire philosophical project is illuminated outwards from his central idea--the Idea of the Good. Students always struggle with the difficult and strange ideas in the Republic; this book lays out Plato's insights and actually explains them. It's a pleasure to read; it is clear, compelling in its argumentation, and masterful in the way it marshals the texts and commentaries on Plato. It is a model of philosophical writing from beginning to end. Schindler is not satisfied with a series of partial insights, he is after an understanding of the comprehensive whole of Plato's work.
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Dr. Schindler brings the Republic and earlier dialogues alive by engaging them respectfully, in their original forms: dramatic discussions. All the more abstract argumentation fits within the real and intellectual battle of Plato's characters. This sheds a great deal of light on what Plato must be getting at. Other interpretations may consider the drama of the dialogues but usually subject that 'merely rhetorical' structure to their conceptual suppositions... but Dr. Schindler argues that the concepts which show up within the tug-of-war of 'real' people are meant to be understood within that context. Its a very refreshing approach, and a joy to read, up until the last chapter where the allusions become so numerous that I had trouble following.

The basic argument, or discovery really, of the book is also gold. The contrast between mere fleeting images and the real, unchangeable, truth... is just that, a contrast, and not a strict opposition... not even clearly a separation! While the philosopher searches for Truth by moving from image to image, penetrating and incorporating each new aspect of reality... he does not finally depart from some restrictive, bodily order to commune with universal ideals--rather he is, by insight, caught-up in the transcending light which depicts all these images. It is only by this submission to the will of the Good (seeing the light) that the philosopher truly passes beyond the realm of mere appearance, yet at the same time, must appreciate that appearances are legitimate heirs of the light which depicts them and thus worthy of engagement, and thus life is worthy of moral combat.

A uniquely comprehensive argument. Especially for Plato as proto-Christian. And its not just a nice story, Dr.
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A must read for all scholars of Ancient Philosophy, and philosophy students generally. Dr. Schindler's book contains an immensely important message for the modern academy, and is the product of a life-time of scholarship.
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