Remembering Atlantis.

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  • Author(s): Stegman, Casey
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    Political Theory. Apr2017, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p240-260. 21p.
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      Ancestral Constitution
    • Abstract:
      There has been much scholarly disagreement concerning Plato’s participation in the mid-fourth century debates over Athens’s ancestral constitution (patrios politeia). This disunity stems from contrasting views about the relationship between philosophy and Athenian politics in Plato’s writings. Recently, several political theorists have reoriented our general understanding about Plato’s complex involvement with Athenian politics. However, these discussions do not discuss Plato’s specific relationship with patrios politeia. In order to bridge this gap, I turn to two dialogues within the later Platonic corpus: Timaeus and Critias. By examining the Atlantis myth that spans both dialogues, I discuss how Plato uses the story both to comment on and critique the democratic Athenian constitution. At the same time, however, Plato also advances a unique veneration of democracy by asserting that it is the politeia of the gods. In this way, I argue that Timaeus-Critias contributes a valuable new perspective in the ongoing debate regarding the relationship between Plato’s philosophy and democracy. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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      STEGMAN, C. Remembering Atlantis. Political Theory, [s. l.], v. 45, n. 2, p. 240–260, 2017. DOI 10.1177/0090591715594661. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 nov. 2020.
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      Stegman C. Remembering Atlantis. Political Theory. 2017;45(2):240-260. doi:10.1177/0090591715594661
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      Stegman, C. (2017). Remembering Atlantis. Political Theory, 45(2), 240–260.
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      Stegman, Casey. 2017. “Remembering Atlantis.” Political Theory 45 (2): 240–60. doi:10.1177/0090591715594661.
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      Stegman, C. (2017) ‘Remembering Atlantis’, Political Theory, 45(2), pp. 240–260. doi: 10.1177/0090591715594661.
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      Stegman, C 2017, ‘Remembering Atlantis’, Political Theory, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 240–260, viewed 28 November 2020, .
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      Stegman, Casey. “Remembering Atlantis.” Political Theory, vol. 45, no. 2, Apr. 2017, pp. 240–260. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0090591715594661.
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      Stegman, Casey. “Remembering Atlantis.” Political Theory 45, no. 2 (April 2017): 240–60. doi:10.1177/0090591715594661.
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