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By Gene Fendt

This ebook exhibits how the dialogue of Platos' Republic is a comic book mimetic remedy for civic and psychic fable. Plato creates such pharmaka, or noble lies, for purposes enunciated by way of Socrates in the dialogue, yet this means Plato needs to imagine his readers are within the place of wanting the catharses such fictions produce. Socrates' interlocutors needs to be like us. because towns are like souls, and souls turn out to be as they're via mimesis of wishes, desires, activities and suggestion styles within the urban, we should always anticipate that political theorizing usually suffers from insanity in addition. It does. Gene Fendt exhibits how modern political (and mental) idea nonetheless suffers from a similar myth Socrates' interlocutors show of their dialogue: a dream of autarchia known as possessive individualism. Plato has sturdy cause to imagine that just a mimetic, instead of a rational and philosophical, therapy can paintings. opposed to many regular readings, Comic medication for Delusional Democracy indicates that the Republic itself is a safeguard of poetry; that kallipolis can't be the simplest urban and isn't Socrates' excellent; that there are six different types of regime, no longer 5; and that the real thinker shouldn't be unsatisfied to return down into Plato's cave.

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