A Wolf in the City: Tyranny and the Tyrant in Plato's

The problem of tyranny preoccupied Plato, and its discussion both begins and ends his famous Republic Though philosophers have mined the Republic for millennia, Cinzia Arruzza is the first to devote a full book to the study of tyranny and of the tyrant s soul in Plato s RepublicIn A Wolf in the City, Arruzza argues that Plato s critique of tyranny intervenes in an ancient debate concerning the sources of the crisis of Athenian democracy and the relation between political leaders and demos in the last decades of the fifth century BCE Arruzza shows that Plato s critique of tyranny should not be taken as veiled criticism of the Syracusan tyrannical regime, but rather of Athenian democracy In parsing Plato s discussion of the soul of the tyrant, Arruzza will also offer new and innovative insights into his moral psychology, addressing much debated problems such as the nature of eros and of the spirited part of the soul, the unity or disunity of the soul, and the relation between the non rational parts of the soul and reason A Wolf in the City: Tyranny and the Tyrant in Plato's Republic

About the Author: Cinzia Arruzza

Cinzia Arruzza is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research She received her Ph.D from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and subsequently studied at the universities of Fribourg Switzerland , and Bonn Germany , where she was the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship Her research interests include ancient metaphysics and political thought, Plato, Aristotle, Neoplatonism, feminist theory and Marxism She is currently working on two projects 1 a monograph on tyranny and the tyrant in Plato s Republic 2 a research project on gender, capitalism, social reproduction, and Marx s critique of political economy.

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