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    ISSN: 0143-781X 
    Language: English
    In: History of Political Thought, January 2014, Vol.35(4), pp.595-631
    Description: The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how the divide between systematic and historical approaches in political philosophy can be overcome. To this end I use the contemporary debate on cosmopolitanism and show that Plato already gave a philosophical answer to its central beliefs. Since this is meant to be a historical claim I argue (1) that the question of how Plato reacts to the cosmopolitan challenge is not new but one already posed by Plato's contemporaries, (2) that Plato reacted to changing constitutional situations and to the cosmopolitan challenges of the early Sophists through systematic and historical political philosophy. In a more detailed interpretation of the Politeia I show (3) how Plato constructs his dialogue to silence his opponents and make room for something else, namely philosophy. Reading Plato in this way does not offer solutions but instead urges us to reconsider philosophical beliefs. Adapted from the source document.
    Subject(s): Ancient Greek Philosophy ; Political Philosophy ; Cosmopolitanism ; Philosophy ; History and Theory; Political Theories and Philosophy ; Ancient Cosmopolitanism Ancient Greece Contemporary Cosmopolitanism Fourth Century Isocrates Plato'S Letters Socrates The Republic Metaphysics Xenophon ; Article
    ISSN: 0143-781X
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