Monday, December 31, 2012
The civic wisdom of Plato's Gorgias and Apology
"The organization of the society, according to Plato, is determined by the orderliness of the souls of its citizens." So writes H. Lee Cheek, Jr. over at The Imaginative Conservative, explaining the ongoing relevance of Plato's notion of civic order. For those of us not familiar with the intricate details of Plato's political theory, Cheek's exposition is a very helpful introduction. I'm generally not that interested in Plato's ideas -- but Cheek's essay makes me think that my aversion to Plato is a deficit. Cheek's essay is certainly worth reading for anyone who is interested in beginning or returning to sailing on deeper waters regarding political theory.