Plato's Critique of Impure Reason
On Goodness and Truth in the Republic
D. C. Schindler
|October 2008||In Print|
|August 2012||In Print|
In this book, D. C. Schindler begins with a diagnosis of the crisis of reason in contemporary culture as a background to the study of the Republic. He then sets out a philosophical interpretation of the dialogue in five chapters: an analysis of Book 1 that shows the inherent violence and dogmatism of skepticism; a reading of goodness as cause of both being and appearance; a discussion of the dramatic reversals in the images Socrates uses for the idea of the good; an exploration of the role of the person of Socrates in the Republic; and a confrontation between the "defenselessness" of philosophy and the violence of sophistry. Finally, in a substantial coda, the book presents a new interpretation of the old quarrel between philosophy and art through an analysis of Book 10.
Though based on a close reading of the text, Plato's Critique of Impure Reason always interprets the arguments with a view to fundamental human problems, and so will be valuable not only to Plato scholars but to any reader with general philosophical interests.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
D. C. Schindler, associate professor of philosophy in the Humanities Department at Villanova University, is the translator or co-translator of twelve books including Hans Urs von Balthasar's Love Alone Is Credible, and author of Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Dramatic Structure of Truth.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
"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 particularly impressive. . . . Highly recommended." -- P. Coby, Choice