Abstract

summary:

This paper provides a new interpretation of Plato's Critias by focusing on the character Critias and the significance of depicting his relationship with Socrates in the historical context of the Athenian democratic restoration. A comparison between the Critias and the relevant portions of the Republic dealing with the economic foundations of the city, appropriate action, philosophical literature and the character of oligarchs and tyrants explains why the work provides a philosophically profound deconstruction of ideological political discourse, a historically significant explanation of Socrates' relationship to his context and an important accompaniment to the Republic and Timaeus.

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ISSN
2575-7199
Print ISSN
2575-7180
Pages
pp. 69-99
Launched on MUSE
2021-05-01
Open Access
No
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