By Waller Newell

Ruling ardour is the one book-length examine of tyranny, statesmanship, and civic advantage in 3 significant Platonic dialogues, the Georgias, the Symposium, and the Republic. it's also the 1st prolonged interpretation of eros because the key to Plato's realizing of either the depths of human vice and the heights of human aspirations for advantage and happiness. via his special remark and eloquent insights at the 3 dialogues, Waller Newell demonstrates how, for Plato, tyranny is a faulty eager for erotic pride that may be corrected through the schooling of eros towards the right kind items if its excitement: civic advantage and philosophy. In unfolding those reflections via his research, Newell additionally demonstrates a wealthy and deep grab of the complexities of the tyrannical character and numerous new insights into the dramatic dimensions of Plato's dialogues. Written in a transparent and fascinating variety, Ruling ardour can be of curiosity to philosophers, political theorists, classicists, historians, and an individual in most cases intrigued by means of the ironies, mysteries, and longings of human nature and psychology.

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