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Plato of Athens (c 429-347 BC) is the earliest European thinker
whose thoughts on politics survive to any great extent. His work,
contained in The Republic, the Statesman, the Laws and the
unfinished Critias, amongst other works, has made major
contributions to the agenda of Western Political thought and its
content. [In The Republic, Plato's preoccupation was the concept of
the just individual and the just state.] His view that intellect
and political authority should be correlated has been a major theme
of political thought down the centuries, influencing both
authoritarian and egalitarian attitudes to government and
democracy. In his later work Plato's concern shifted from the
question of justice to questions of the competence of rulers, which
in The Statesman he treated as of the first importance, and
eventually to the role of law and a mixed constitution, along with
religion, in guaranteeing political order. The papers in this
authoritative selection explore various aspects of Plato's thought
including social structure, education, freedom, property, the
status of women, human motivation and racism in addition to his
views on law, reason and justice. The vast array of topics covered
shows how Plato's work adumbrates many of the concerns of political
thought up to the present day and indeed is still relevant in our
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