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Glaucon's Fate


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Jacob Howland is an associate professor of philosophy and chair of the department of philosophy and religion at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of The Paradox of Political Philosophy. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Jacob Howland masterfully reads Platos Republic as a work of literature and history. By putting the education of GlauconPlatos brotherat the center of the text, he confirms Rousseaus famous judgment that the Republic is the greatest work on education ever written. Socrates failure to turn Glaucon toward the philosophic life illustrates the vulnerabilities of philosophy when confronted with the allures of power and political rule. Glaucons Fate is a must-read for every serious student of Platos philosophy. Steven B. Smith, Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Glaucons Fate is splendid. It shows the Republic as no mere epic but a proper Greek tragedy, with the violence, as is traditional, taking place offstage. I found Howlands book enlightening on every page. Lenn E. Goodman, Professor of Philosophy and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Vanderbilt University
Howlands book reorients nearly every detail of this dialogue that we think we know so well. Glaucons Fate is an exhilarating read. It will change the landscape of the scholarly debate about Platos Republic for many years to come. Anne-Marie Schultz, Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University

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